HyperDic: survivor_guilt

English > 1 sense of the expression survivor guilt:
NOUNfeelingsurvivor guilta deep feeling of guilt often experienced by those who have survived some catastrophe that took the lives of many others
English > survivor guilt: 1 sense > noun 1, feeling
MeaningA deep feeling of guilt often experienced by those who have survived some catastrophe that took the lives of many others; derives in part from a feeling that they did not do enough to save the others who perished and in part from feelings of being unworthy relative to those who died.
Example"survivor guilt was first noted in those who survived the Holocaust"
Part ofposttraumatic stress disorder, PTSDAn anxiety disorder associated with serious traumatic events and characterized by such symptoms as survivor guilt, reliving the trauma in dreams, numbness and lack of involvement with reality, or recurrent thoughts and images
Broaderguilt, guilty conscience, guilt feelings, guilt tripremorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense

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