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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From 2008 to 2017, those deaths exceeded 6,000 annually, and in 2017, the suicide rate for veterans was 1.5 times the rate for non-veterans, according to the data. Allana Haynes, baltimoresun.com, "World War II vet honored at annual Veterans Day ceremony at American Legion Post in Halethorpe," 9 Nov. 2020 In 2018, the national suicide rate hit its highest level since 1941 — 14.2 per 100,000 people. Mike Stobbe, Star Tribune, "US suicide rate fell last year after decade of steady rise," 23 Oct. 2020 The suicide rate among Alaska Native adolescents nearly doubled from 2018 to 2019. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s adolescent suicide rate keeps rising. Advocates say they’re doubling down on prevention efforts.," 20 Oct. 2020 Another criticized the jails’ mental health system, and a third expert said the jails lacked adequate cells or treatment for potentially suicidal inmates and had a high suicide rate. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Contra Costa County agrees to spend $250 million to improve jail conditions," 2 Oct. 2020 The efforts reduced the suicide rate in the Guard to 20.3 in 2019, officials disclosed. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Pentagon refuses to discuss COVID-19-related spike in military suicides," 1 Oct. 2020 Kiely said research shows male doctors face a suicide rate 1.5 times that of the general population. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Hartford HealthCare highlights efforts to support doctors, health care workers as second wave of COVID-19 looms," 17 Sep. 2020 Between 2007 and 2018, the suicide rate among young people aged between 10 and 24 increased by some 57 percent. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Life is worth living," 15 Sep. 2020 From 2000 to 2007, the youth suicide rate was relatively stable. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Youth suicides continue to climb, but experts have more questions than answers," 11 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "Black people in Portland struggle to be heard amid protests," 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, "Black people in Portland struggle to be heard amid protests," 9 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Less well known is its heartbreaking origin: Rombauer lost her husband to suicide following the Wall Street crash of 1929, and wrote her cookbook instead of seeking a job. Heller Mcalpin, WSJ, "Holiday Gift Books 2020: Food," 19 Nov. 2020 The 64-year-old lost her mother to suicide as a child. Los Angeles Times, "God, masks and Trump: What a coronavirus outbreak at a California church says about the election," 1 Nov. 2020 Earlier the same week, Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin highlighted that more than 6,100 veterans are lost to suicide each year. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Pentagon releases suicide data showing continued rise; Congress moves to help," 26 Oct. 2020 As bad as 2020 has been for all of us, not many have had a worse year than Prescott, who lost his brother Jace to suicide in April. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season," 12 Oct. 2020 In India, driving someone to suicide carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. New York Times, "Despite Crises, India Fixes Its Gaze on a Bollywood Tragedy," 3 Oct. 2020 Less than two weeks ago, Dak Prescott shared his personal struggles with depression after losing his brother to suicide in April, during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Demetrio Teniente, Dallas News, "Falcons' Hayden Hurst thanks Dak Prescott for opening up about his struggles with depression," 23 Sep. 2020 Like Prescott, the Hursts have lost family to suicide. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "'Respect the hell outta you': Inside Dak Prescott, Hayden Hurst’s intimate exchange after Cowboys-Falcons game," 23 Sep. 2020 In the span of a decade, Deena lost a relative, a friend, two fellow improvisers and several acquaintances to suicide. USA Today, "Thousands of messages show what it really means to help someone who’s suicidal," 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of suicide

Noun

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1773, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1841, in the meaning defined at intransitive 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

15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Suicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suicide. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for suicide

suicide

noun
How to pronounce suicide (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of suicide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

suicide

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of suicide (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to 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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