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THANATOS

 Dictionary entry overview: What does Thanatos mean? 

THANATOS (noun)
  The noun THANATOS has 2 senses:

1. (Greek mythology) the Greek personification of death; son of Nyx
2. (psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die

  Familiarity information: THANATOS used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


THANATOS (noun)


Sense 1Thanatos [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(Greek mythology) the Greek personification of death; son of Nyx

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Instance hypernyms:

Greek deity (a deity worshipped by the ancient Greeks)

Domain category:

Greek mythology (the mythology of the ancient Greeks)


Sense 2Thanatos [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die

Classified under:

Nouns denoting goals

Synonyms:

death instinct; death wish; Thanatos

Hypernyms ("Thanatos" is a kind of...):

impulse; urge (an instinctive motive)

Domain category:

analysis; depth psychology; psychoanalysis (a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud)


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