- an ancient Greek personification of death.
- Psychoanalysis. (usually lowercase) the death instinct, especially as expressed in violent aggression.
- the Greek personification of death: son of Nyx, goddess of nightRoman counterpart: Mors
- the name chosen by Freud to represent a universal death instinctCompare Eros (def. 2)
n.“death instinct,” 1935, in Freudian psychology, from Greek thanatos (see thanatology). n.
- death instinct