thanatism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

thanato- +‎ -ism. Coined by Ernst Haeckel.

Noun[edit]

thanatism (uncountable)

  1. The belief that the human soul eventually dies.
    • 2008 April 27, Leon Wieseltier, “The Catastrophist”, New York Times:
      Or to put it in the bracingly original terms of “The Second Plane,” it is misology that is the cause of thanatism.