suicide

noun
sui·​cide | \ ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce suicide (audio) \

Definition of suicide

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally
b : ruin of one's own interests political suicide
c : apoptosis cell suicide
2 : one that commits or attempts suicide

suicide

adjective

Definition of suicide (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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

suicide

verb
suicided; suiciding

Definition of suicide (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to commit suicide

transitive verb

: to put (oneself) to death

Examples of suicide in a Sentence

Noun She had thoughts of suicide. Authorities have officially ruled the death a suicide. There were two suicides last year at the university.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And multiple studies have shown that allowing access to puberty blockers improved the mental health of trans kids and lowered their risk of suicide. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 11 May 2022 But research published in the 1990s established that simply having a gun in the home increases the risk of a gun homicide by a factor of three, and increases the risk of a suicide by a factor of five. New York Times, 10 May 2022 McAfee was found dead on June 23, 2021, of apparent suicide by hanging in his cell shortly after the Spanish National Court authorized his extradition to the U.S. Fox News, 9 May 2022 The family set up a donation fund at the Whatcom Community Foundation in her name to support other young people who are at risk of suicide. Wilson Wong, NBC News, 4 May 2022 The following story, about a family's heartbreak in the aftermath of suicide, may contain triggering topics. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, 4 May 2022 Naomi Judd, 76, died of suicide on Saturday after battling depression for many years. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 3 May 2022 Foul play was ruled out, but Tova has never bought the explanation of suicide for her happy son on the cusp of college and a bright future. Heller Mcalpin, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 May 2022 The highly unstable nature of cryptocurrency can reduce profits to zero in a flash, leaving investors with mountains of debt, fractured relationships and thoughts of suicide, addiction experts said. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the five years prior, non-suicide gun deaths fluctuated between roughly 12,000 and 15,500 deaths annually. Erin Schumaker, ABC News, 24 Mar. 2021 There were 99 shootings -- more than triple the amount from the previous July — and the city has tallied 366 non-suicide shootings this year compared to 388 in all of 2019. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Aug. 2020 There were 99 shootings -- more than triple the amount from the previous July — and the city has tallied 366 non-suicide shootings this year compared to 388 in all of 2019. Gillian Flaccus And Suman Naishadham, Star Tribune, 9 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After Evan Seyfried died last year, his family filed a lawsuit against his employer, Kroger, saying he was driven to suicide by harassment from his managers. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 8 Mar. 2022 Several local celebrities will also be in attendance, including former Detroit Lions player Eric Hipple, who lost his own son to suicide in 2000. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 6 May 2022 Ruby's still angry with her workaholic mother, especially because her brother Ben was her hero, and her mother's crime drove Ben to suicide. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 7 Dec. 2021 Chastain used her acceptance speech to highlight critical societal issues from the mental health crisis to suicide prevention — particularly among the LGBTQIA+ community. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Van Kirk attributed the decline to suicide prevention and intervention work being done around the state. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Dec. 2021 Bringing hope to someone and sharing his experience is an important mission for Collins after losing two family members to suicide. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Feb. 2022 The incident happened a little over a year after Drew lost his mother, Stacy Tara Trujillo, to suicide. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2021 Prescott had lost his brother, Jace, to suicide that April. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of suicide

Noun

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1765, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for suicide

Noun

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

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The first known use of suicide was in 1643

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Last Updated

20 May 2022

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“Suicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suicide. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for suicide

suicide

noun
sui·​cide | \ ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce suicide (audio) \

Kids Definition of suicide

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

suicide

noun
sui·​cide | \ ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd How to pronounce suicide (audio) \

Medical Definition of suicide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally
2 : a person who commits or attempts suicide

suicide

verb
suicided; suiciding

Medical Definition of suicide (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to commit suicide

transitive verb

: to put (oneself) to death

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