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suicide

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noun sui·cide \ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd\

Simple Definition of suicide

  • : 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. 1a :  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 mindb :  ruin of one's own interests <political suicide>c :  apoptosis <cell suicide>

  2. 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


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suicide

adjective sui·cide

Simple Definition of suicide

  • : of or relating to suicide

Full Definition of suicide

  1. :  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>

1773

First Known Use of suicide

1773


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suicide

verb sui·cide

Definition of suicide

sui·cid·edsui·cid·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to commit suicide

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to put (oneself) to death



1841

First Known Use of suicide

1841




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