Thanatos

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Thanatos (death) and his brother Hypnos (sleep)

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Θάνατος (Thánatos).

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Proper noun[edit]

Thanatos

  1. (Greek mythology) The god of death, (specifically of a peaceful death), and twin brother of Hypnos (god of sleep); the Greek counterpart of Mors.

Noun[edit]

Thanatos (uncountable)

  1. (psychoanalysis) the death drive in Freudian psychoanalysis.

Usage notes[edit]

Freud did not use the term “Thanatos” – instead he used Todestrieb (death drive) – and scholarly works refer to it as “death drive”, but the term “Thanatos” is commonly used in psychoanalysis, in duality with Eros, having been introduced there by Paul Federn.[1]

Antonyms[edit]

  • (death drive): Eros (life drive)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Civilization and its discontents, Freud, translator James Strachey, 2005 edition, p. 18