• Definition for "death instinct"
    • Psychiatry A primitive impulse for destruction, decay, and…
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death instinct definition

  • noun:
    • Psychiatry A primitive impulse for destruction, decay, and demise, postulated by Sigmund Freud as coexisting with and opposing the life span impulse. Also called Thanatos.
    • Psychiatry Death desire.
    • (psychoanalysis) an unconscious desire to perish
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