death wish: Meaning and Definition of

death' wish"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. desire for one's own death or for the death of another.
  2. a suicidal desire, manifested by passivity, withdrawal, and absorption in nihilistic thoughts, that may eventually lead to suicidal behavior.
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