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1suicide

noun sui·cide \ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd\

: the act of killing yourself because you do not want to continue living

: a person who commits suicide

: an action that ruins or destroys your career, social position, etc.

Full Definition of SUICIDE

1
a :  the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally especially by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind
b :  ruin of one's own interests <political suicide>
c :  apoptosis <cell suicide>
2
:  one that commits or attempts suicide

Examples of SUICIDE

  1. She had thoughts of suicide.
  2. Authorities have officially ruled the death a suicide.
  3. There were two suicides last year at the university.

Origin of SUICIDE

Latin sui (genitive) of oneself + English -cide; akin to Old English & Old High German sīn his, Latin suus one's own, sed, se without, Sanskrit sva oneself, one's own
First Known Use: 1643

2suicide

adjective

: of or relating to suicide

Full Definition of SUICIDE

:  of or relating to suicide; especially :  being or performing a deliberate act resulting in the voluntary death of the person who does it <a suicide mission> <a suicide bomber>

First Known Use of SUICIDE

1773

3suicide

verb
sui·cid·edsui·cid·ing

Definition of SUICIDE

intransitive verb
:  to commit suicide
transitive verb
:  to put (oneself) to death

First Known Use of SUICIDE

1841
SUICIDE Defined for Kids

suicide

noun sui·cide \ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd\

Definition of SUICIDE for Kids

1
:  the act of someone who kills himself or herself purposely
2
:  a person who kills himself or herself purposely

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