death instinct

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n death instinct (psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die
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Usage

In literature:

He has a great many ideas, and an instinctive dread of death.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Then instinct told him that on occasion Tommy would be loyal to the death.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
The life instinct in me would not be doomed, but was insistent in its demands and made me flee from insanity and death.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
The quick instinct by which the world recognized him even at the moment of his death as one of its greatest men, was not deceived.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. X (of X) - America - II, Index" by Various
The earnest desire of being praised after death is an instinct of morality that God has impressed in the mind of man, to keep up society.
"Ebrietatis Encomium" by Boniface Oinophilus
Instinctively they connect the death of Christopher with the attempt to enforce the unrighteous laws.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The instinct of life, the fear of death, doubtless obscured my judgment, troubled my discernment.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
Henry knew instinctively that Ninian's death had killed her.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Shakespeare's dramatic instinct made him alter Hermione's death in the earlier story to life in secret, with poetic justice in store.
"An Introduction to Shakespeare" by H. N. MacCracken
Such were the instincts of life in those on the very road to death!
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various
Instinct was strong in him, even in death.
"Mistress Nell" by George C. Hazelton, Jr.
But even the primitive man, in whom instinct is strongest, proves himself capable of death.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
It showed wonderful instinct, however, just before the death of one of its pups, and before its own death.
"Dog Stories from the "Spectator"" by Various
Such were the instincts of life in those on the very road to death!
"Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune" by Charles James Lever
Instinct tells them, that a pursuit so impetuous can end only in death.
"The Headless Horseman" by Mayne Reid
The instincts of nature always demand a certain respect for the memory of the dead, no matter how the death may take place.
"Martyria" by Augustus C. Hamlin
It is true most people cling to life instinctively, and have an instinctive horror of death.
"The Moral Instruction of Children" by Felix Adler
Instinct, and the horror of death, warn him violently away from both.
"Lad: A Dog" by Albert Payson Terhune
After the death of Margaret Plays, her widower found, with the peculiar instinct of his race, a second well-endowed wife.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 7" by Various
I know it will be fulfilled: when the hand of death is closing on us, these previsions are an instinct.
"Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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In poetry:

Hence, when brought to face the gloom
Of a way, to all unknown,
Called to leave his sunlit room
For death's darkness, quite alone,
He instinctively again
Called to mind his faithful cane.
"To The Walking-Stick Of My Dead Friend" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

'The Death Instinct ' by Jed Rubenfeld.
An anarchist bombing in Manhattan's financial district in 1920 provides the spark for Jed Rubenfeld's second historical thriller, "The Death Instinct ".
"The Death Instinct " opens on that September day when Lower Manhattan was blown apart, and Americans started wondering who could hate them so much.
"Only On The Web": LTC Adrian Bogart III tells Kimberly Dozier how US soldiers are being trained to use their instincts when faced with life or death combat situations in times of war.
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