death wish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n death wish (psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die
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Quotations

  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.”
  • Jeremy P. Johnson
    Jeremy P. Johnson
    “If we catch a glimpse of freedom, we wish to possess it; if we catch a glimpse of death, we want nothing to do with it. One we cannot have, the other we cannot avoid.”
  • Marcus Valerius Martial
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    “You give me nothing during your life, but you promise to provide for me at your death. If you are not a fool, you know what I wish for!”
  • Mario Puzo
    Mario Puzo
    “What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast. We suffer for nothing. Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.”

Usage

In literature:

He said he was death; I wish he were dead, and I freed from him.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Men come to me every day and wish me joy in another man's death.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
He said to himself that he would never grow tired of living, and that he considered it profane to wish for death.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
O, she wished it was that other day, the day of death, instead!
"Lill's Travels in Santa Claus Land and other Stories" by Ellis Towne, Sophie May and Ella Farman
I wish to meet death awake.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
They seemed to wish, by thus affording no time to prepare for death, to murder soul and body both.
"Daring and Suffering:" by William Pittenger
I am doing wrong in concealing it but I do not wish to doom so many brave men to disgrace, to death.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Wish your friend well, and fear his death, and you will dream of his funeral.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
Sick in mind, and sick in body, but one wish remains to him, that death will come quickly and end all.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
At the death of that monarch, Lord Hastings wished to obtain her, but she rejected his advances.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
The sudden and tragic death of his father moved him so deeply that he gave orders that the last wishes of the late czar should be respected.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen
At the end of the ceremony, the Chairman wished each of the new Hadjis an easy death in the Games.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
I wish you'd eat yourself to death and then maybe your master would keep you home!
"The Corner House Girls at School" by Grace Brooks Hill
God may pardon me if He wishes, but death will console me.
"Brazilian Tales" by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
Only the day before his death he expressed a wish that he might hear 'Die Zauberfloete' once more.
"Among the Great Masters of Music" by Walter Rowlands
Death asks what to do the man wishes he should.
"Aesop, in Rhyme" by Marmaduke Park
A little time before her death she expressed a wish that we should be united.
"The Romany Rye a sequel to "Lavengro"" by George Borrow
Hendrik had another object in wishing the death of the creature.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
Minding thy fault, with death I wish to revel; Alas!
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
In any case I had no wish to be responsible for his death.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
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In poetry:

Save for the lingering wish, indeed,
In death to sink to rest,
The force of all desire was spent
In my exhausted breast.
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
Should freedom perish--at thy death,
'T'were folly to repine--
And I should every feeling lose,
Except the wish for mine!
"Vignette - VIII" by Matilda Betham
'I wish I ne'er had seen your face;
But, now, a long farewell!
For you will be my death — alas!
You will not be my Nell!'
"Faithless Nelly Gray" by Thomas Hood
I wish you were dead, my dear;
I would give you, had I to give,
Some death too bitter to fear;
It is better to die than live.
"Satia te Sanguine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
"These twenty winters here forlorn
I've drawn my hated breath;
Sole witness of a monster's crimes,
And wishing aye for death.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
But the mother is "wishing,"
And her bosom must keep its breath;
For an own mother's love
Is stronger than strength of death.
"Wishing" by Edwin Arnold

In news:

Before his death, he had publicly come out and said he wishes he would have done more.
A cartoon with a death wish.
When people are using language like 'death panels,' there's more emotion and fear than if you say you want to honor the wishes of this individual.
Kiki's wish: Girl spreads happiness after cancer death.
A supernatural take on "Death Wish" meets "Faust," " Heartless " is an uneasy mixture of B-movie shocks, social commentary and sentimentality that shows a potent imagination at work.
No one likes to discuss death and dying, but it's so important that your loved ones know your end-of-life wishes.
After lottery winner Jack Whitaker, of Hurricane, West Virginia, went through a litany of problems, including the drug overdose death of his granddaughter, his wife said she wished he had torn up his record-breaking Powerball ticket.
Apart from a death wish, why do you rockheads ski out of bounds , anyway.
Elizabeth Hardwick and Pimp C, Together in Death As We Wish They Had Been in Life.
Obedient to his father's wishes, he studied law in Compostela, but after his father's death in 1889 he moved to Madrid to work as a journalist and critic.
If you say you are literally freezing to death, you must use your frostbitten hands to dial 911 and to scrawl your last wishes in the snow that envelops you.
Unless you have death wish.
Even With Death Wish, Cheshire Killer Won't Be Executed Soon.
I wish it hadn't taken the death of my good friend to cause me to finally reflect on their importance.
Perry plays a fictional sports broadcaster struggling to cope after the death of his wife on the hit US show, and he's building a wish list of athletes he'd like for cameos.
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In science:

It is obvious that the death mechanism introduced here is essential if we wish to consider the empirical citation distributions of live and dead papers separately.
Life, Death and Preferential Attachment
Binary stars are a vital part of stellar evolution if we wish to gain a full understanding of all the possible pathways a star may take from its birth to its death.
Massive binaries, Wolf-Rayet stars and supernova progenitors
Moreover, Ugo Amaldi’s wish was that no obituary of him had to be diffused after his death.
A Translation of the T. Levi-Civita paper: Interpretazione Gruppale degli Integrali di un Sistema Canonico Rend. Acc. Lincei, s. 3^a, vol. VII, 2^o sem. 1899, pp. 235--238
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