wish fulfillment

noun

Definition of wish fulfillment 

: the gratification of a desire especially symbolically (as in dreams, daydreams, or neurotic symptoms)

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So now the media has replaced climate change with Trump change as their apocalyptic wish fulfillment. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Be nicer. It will drive your enemies nuts," 5 Aug. 2018 Customization, of cars and one's character, is available, and, as way of simple wish fulfillment for those of us who can't afford our own Audi or aerobatic aircraft, painting your new whip glaringly loud shade of yellow is always enjoyable. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Crew 2': Game Review," 27 June 2018 There’s this other type of wish fulfillment, like these perfect parents and these perfect families. Jeff Lipsky, HWD, "Milo Ventimiglia, Sara Gilbert, Constance Wu, and Other TV Moms and Dads Sound Off," 14 June 2018 The shoehorning of contemporary references into this novel makes for an atmosphere of corny wish fulfillment and implied Trump-bashing. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In Bill Clinton’s New Thriller, the Final Villain is Feminism," 8 June 2018 The result of his little project is some awesome wish fulfillment though. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Clever Hacker Installs Amazon's Alexa in His Video Game Spaceship," 11 Jan. 2017 The ability to be embodied as someone else means that VR can become wish fulfillment writ large, and in this adaptation of Cline's novel that acts both as fan service and compelling spectacle. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Ready Player One Is a Virtually Empty Good Time," 29 Mar. 2018 Freud was wrong in thinking that dreams are a wish fulfillment and are designed to conceal their true significance from the dreamer. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "How our dreams made us human," 23 Mar. 2018 Anchored by star Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones was both a deeply rooted drama and a case study in wish fulfillment as our heroine giddily employed her super strength against anyone more physically imposing than her. Nicole Sperling, HWD, "Jessica Jones Creator Melissa Rosenberg on Power and Pitfalls of Female Rage," 21 Mar. 2018

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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wish fulfillment

noun
wish ful·​fill·​ment | \-mənt\

Medical Definition of wish fulfillment 

: the gratification of a desire especially symbolically (as in dreams or fantasies)

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