survivor guilt

survivor guilt
noun
a 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
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survivor guilt was first noted in those who survived the Holocaust

Hypernyms: ↑guilt, ↑guilty conscience, ↑guilt feelings, ↑guilt trip
Part Holonyms: ↑posttraumatic stress disorder, ↑PTSD

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Psychiatry.
feelings of guilt for having survived a catastrophe in which others died. Cf. survivor syndrome.
[1970-75]

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