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A deathwish is a complete disregard of one's own personal safety well-being, or best interests. For example:

1. Naivety or ignorance of the rules, circumstances or principles.
2. An uncontrollable rage.
3. An obsession for revenge.
4. A mental illness or personality disorder.
5. Loss of the will to live OR an unconscious urge to die.
6. A suicidal urge that drive certain people to put themselves consistently into dangerous situations.
Playing with the wrong person's money can be a deathwish.
by Mr. Terrence L. Trezvant October 11, 2006
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Term commonly applied to those who engage in activities that significantly raise their risk of severe bodily injury or death.
Base jumpers must have a death wish.
by razer December 21, 2006
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This is the first of several films featuring Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey, a modern day urban equivalent of Robin Hood, Zorro, and the Lone Ranger. When initially released, Death Wish was immediately controversial as was Dirty Harry (1971). Audiences tended to be divided between those who were offended by what they considered to be excessive violence and those who (like Harry Callahan and Paul Kersey) had lost confidence in society's willingness and/or ability to respond effectively to violent crime.

When we first meet Kersey, he is in all respects a gentle man. A successful architect who is happily married to Joanna (Hope Lange) and a proud father of his beloved daughter, he is carefully positioned as a law-abiding citizen. After his wife and daughter are brutally attacked by thugs who escape punishment, Kersey commits himself to ridding the city of such crap. In fact, he seeks them out in the most likely areas (e.g. public parks and on subways), coldly and systematically killing as many as he can. Of course, other law abiding citizens are wholly supportive of his efforts but law enforcement officials fear the possible implications of such vigilantiism.

Directed by: Michael Winner
"I watched 'Death Wish' and after turning off the DVD, I wondered why there weren't more heroic vigilantes out there." Good work "Kersey!"
by psiscott April 10, 2006
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A person who's risking there life on dangerous situations that could cost them there life but is willing to take the chance no matter what the cost may be.
Chris its not safe to go alone out there I mean you got a Death Wish or something.
by Thornton davis jr. May 25, 2018
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An awesome movie where old school bad-ass Charles Bronson (RIP) comes home only to discover his wife murdered. After this the entire movie consists of Bronson peacefully walking around the streets at dark and shooting every mugger and crook he comes across.
Muggers with a deathwish> give me yo money man! -takes out switchblades-

Charles Bronson> -whips out pistol and shoots them all dead, then dissapears into the night-

Me> GOD DAMN THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME!
by GOERNR January 17, 2006
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When people annoy you constantly, despite your threat to beat the crap out of them. This type of person has a death wish, as if they WANT to be killed by you.
Zach: AHHH I'm so stupid i wanna be an effing super hero hahahahahahaha WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Girl: Shut up Zach.

Zach: *miming*

Girl: I'm gonna beat the shit out of you

Zach: *Continues to mime.*

Girl: DUDE DO YO HAVE A FUCKING DEATH WISH?
by lalalalaFERSHURE January 16, 2009
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