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 22, 2006
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
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
1)See suicide2)To wish someone you hate will die.
1.Today I put a death wish on myself. 2.I wish someone would death wish her, she is a slut.
by weezer '94-'96 July 31, 2005
Suicidal.

Usually used sarcastically in a conversation between friends or best friends.
Meagean : Imma go talk to that batch right now!
Jill: Girl you really have a death wish.
by Blue Booberry January 4, 2016
death wish oh shit! when you get feared and you gotta go and beat the shit outta somebody!
World of Warcraft: "Muthafuckas can't fear me! Death wish bitch!"
by RyjinX October 24, 2007