sui·​cid·​al | \ ˌsü-ə-ˈsī-dᵊl \

Definition of suicidal

1a : dangerous especially to life
b : destructive to one's own interests
2 : relating to or of the nature of suicide
3 : marked by an impulse to commit suicide

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Other Words from suicidal

suicidally adverb

Examples of suicidal in a Sentence

psychiatrists working with suicidal patients He knows that supporting a tax increase would be politically suicidal.

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And, most importantly, the calls aren’t only from those who are feeling suicidal. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Will we finally end the silence around suicide?," 11 June 2018 This week, Fernandez spoke with a man who told her he felt suicidal. Emily Bazar, sacbee, "State has tax-funded mental health programs. Good luck figuring out if you qualify," 1 May 2018 Warnings included suicidal thoughts and flu-like symptoms—chills, fever, fatigue, headache. Dorri Olds, Woman's Day, "I Might Not Be Alive Today If It Weren't for Obamacare," 14 Feb. 2017 Of the incident, the Orange County sheriff’s office told The Associated Press that deputies arrived at the residence after learning of a possibly suicidal man. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Flip or Flop's' Christina El Moussa gets her own HGTV series with 'Christina on the Coast'," 27 June 2018 Lying on his back, the suicidal man hurled an insult at an unidentified police officer. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Suicidal man called NJ cops for help. They beat him so badly he needed surgery, FBI says," 30 May 2018 The plot centers on a middle-aged pastor who must counsel a suicidal young man. Ashley Mizuo, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Do This Breeders at the Vic and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week," 7 May 2018 Authorities shot a suicidal man during a standoff in Beaverton on Wednesday, an official said. Jim Ryan,, "Authorities shoot suicidal man during Beaverton standoff, official says," 25 Apr. 2018 According to reports, the allegedly suicidal man was poisoned after drinking bleach. Brian Lisik/special To,, "Suspicious person questioned in after-hours parking lot: Medina Police Blotter," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of suicidal

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of suicidal

: wanting to kill yourself : showing a desire to kill yourself
: extremely dangerous : likely to cause your death : likely to cause great harm to yourself


sui·​cid·​al | \ ˌsü-ə-ˈsīd-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of suicidal

1 : of, relating to, or tending to cause suicide suicidal tendencies
2 : marked by an impulse to commit suicide suicidal patients

Other Words from suicidal

suicidally \ -​ᵊl-​ē \ adverb

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