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A calque of German Todeswunsch.


death wish (plural death wishes)

  1. (psychology) A desire, especially subconscious, for the death of oneself or of someone else.
    • 2017 August 20, “The Observer view on Donald Trump’s presidency”, in The Observer[1]:
      Does Trump suffer from some kind of political death wish? If so, we must hope his fall comes quickly. It is hard to think of any precedent for such a calamitous display of insensitivity, historical ignorance and uncomprehending political stupidity.