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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Pete Davidson, who has been open about his mental health and suicidal ideation in the past, took to Instagram to stand up to online bullies. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Addressed Pete Davidson's Return to Instagram to Stand Up to Bullying," 4 Dec. 2018 The Waiting Period The subject is suicidal depression, but there’s nothing depressing about this brilliant solo from Brian Copeland., "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of July 15," 12 July 2018 During a traumatic divorce, Ronnie Shapiro of Westhampton Beach, N.Y., became severely depressed and suicidal. Courtenay Harris Bond,, "Which antidepressant is right for you? This genetic test could help," 11 July 2018 Polk County deputies remained in a standoff Saturday with an armed and suicidal man who is holding his young daughter hostage. Michael Williams,, "Standoff with armed, suicidal man holding young daughter hostage continues in Polk County," 8 July 2018 Jeremy Pettit, an expert in depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior at Florida International University, told el Nuevo Herald that murder-suicides are primarily a societal and public health problem, not a policing or criminal one. Johanna A. Álvarez, miamiherald, "Florida among top states for murder-suicides," 2 July 2018 Sean Logan/azcentral Mesa police on Sunday were searching for a 17-year-old boy with a history of suicidal behavior. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Police: 'Distraught' over breakup, 17-year-old goes missing in Mesa," 1 July 2018 Art therapy has also been reported as effective for people in the military dealing with suicidal thoughts, depression and nightmares. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "AP Interview: US VP’s wife champions art therapy in Japan," 12 Nov. 2018 Between 2008 and 2015, the number of admissions for suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts doubled at children’s hospitals nationwide. Brian Resnick, Vox, "America’s teens are extremely stressed out about school shootings," 31 Oct. 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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