thanatomania

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Etymology[edit]

thanato- +‎ -mania

Noun[edit]

thanatomania (uncountable)

  1. The morbid belief that one is fated to die, having been cursed or bewitched by an enemy.
    • 1971, Erwin Heinz Ackerknecht, Hans Huldrych Walser, Huldrych M. Koelbing, Medicine and ethnology: selected essays:
      Suicide may also sometimes be effectuated by the mechanism of thanatomania.

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