wish fulfillment
noun Date: 1908 the gratification of a desire especially symbolically (as in dreams, daydreams, or neurotic symptoms)

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  • wish fulfillment — n. 1. the realization of a desire or wish 2. Psychoanalysis the symbolic attainment, in the form of dreams, fantasies, etc., of an often unconscious wish or impulse …   English World dictionary

  • wish fulfillment — noun : the gratification of a desire especially as gained symbolically (as in dreams, daydreams, symptomatic acts, or neurotic symptoms) * * * 1. gratification of desires. 2. Psychoanal. the drive to free oneself from tension caused by… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wish fulfillment — Synonyms and related words: alienation, ardor, autism, autistic thinking, avoidance mechanism, blame shifting, compensation, concupiscence, curiosity, decompensation, defense mechanism, dereism, dereistic thinking, desideration, desire,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • wish fulfillment — wish ful·fill·ment mənt n the gratification of a desire esp. symbolically (as in dreams or fantasies) …   Medical dictionary

  • wish fulfillment — wish′ fulfill ment n. psl prs the drive to free oneself from tension caused by a suppressed desire, esp. by symbolizing the desire in dreams, slips of the tongue, etc • Etymology: 1905–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • wish fulfillment — 1. gratification of desires. 2. Psychoanal. the drive to free oneself from tension caused by instinctual needs, as sex. [1905 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • wish — (v.) O.E. wyscan to wish, from P.Gmc. *wunskijanan (Cf. O.N. æskja, Dan. ènske, Swed. önska, M.Du. wonscen, Du. wensen, O.H.G. wunsken, Ger. wunschen to wish ), from PIE *wun /*wen /*won to strive after, wish, desire, be satisfied (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • wish-fulfilling — wish ful·fill·ing wish fu̇(l) .fil iŋ adj relating to or serving the function of wish fulfillment <a wish fulfilling fantasy> …   Medical dictionary

  • wish|ing cap — «WIHSH ihng», a fabulous cap supposed to ensure fulfillment of any wish made by one wearing it …   Useful english dictionary

  • wish — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 feeling that you want sth ADJECTIVE ▪ dearest, deepest, desperate, fervent, fondest (esp. AmE), greatest, strong ▪ conscious …   Collocations dictionary

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