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 Investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department ruled that Zahau’s death was a suicide. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego true-crime author’s latest case: the mysterious death of Rebecca Zahau," 24 Apr. 2021 The store has had boards in place after rioters smashed glass last August following false rumors of a police shooting that was actually a suicide. Briana Bierschbach, Star Tribune, "Post Chauvin trial, barriers and boards set to disappear from government buildings, businesses," 21 Apr. 2021 After arguing for nearly a decade that LaPorta shot himself in a botched suicide attempt, city attorneys now say Kelly pulled the trigger and lied about it for years. Stacy St. Clair, chicagotribune.com, "US appellate court denies full hearing in record $45 million CPD shooting case," 19 Apr. 2021 Authorities have not identified the gunman, who was found dead in what is believed to be a suicide nearby. Jen Guadarrama, USA TODAY, "What we know about the Indianapolis shooting: 8 dead at FedEx facility; suspected gunman dead," 16 Apr. 2021 The gunman was found dead in what is believed to be a suicide nearby. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "What we don't know about FedEx mass shooting that left 8 dead," 16 Apr. 2021 Dan, Diana’s devoted but desperate husband, and Natalie, their overachieving but often neglected daughter, struggle to support her through grief, depression and a suicide attempt. The Economist, "An American musical about mental health takes off in China," 16 Apr. 2021 Having come from Democratic politics to the Marijuana Policy Project in 2002, when making such a move was considered by most in the political establishment to be career suicide, Steve became the first full time marijuana lobbyist on Capital Hill. Kris Krane, Forbes, "The Cannabis Industry Remembers Steve Fox," 15 Apr. 2021 Before an earlier suicide attempt, his widow wrote in a book, Mark Madoff left a letter to his father. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Bernard Madoff, who masterminded Ponzi scheme that cost billions, dies," 14 Apr. 2021 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, "3 graphics tell the story of mass shootings during the pandemic," 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, "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 The 20-year-old machine operator from Cameron, Texas opened up about growing up in government housing and losing his friend, brother and uncle to suicide. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'American Idol' contestant Cecil Ray arrested for burglary days after elimination," 22 Apr. 2021 Mental health experts, and parents who have lost children to suicide in the last year, have expressed concern that the pandemic could be causing already concerning numbers to rise. Washington Post, "They lost a friend to suicide. Now, they’re on a 4,300-mile journey to help other young people who are struggling.," 14 Apr. 2021 My best and oldest friend, who lost her husband to suicide a few years ago, saw her son marry in recent days. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: After a pandemic year, Easter's rituals of renewal were more important than ever," 6 Apr. 2021 Christian author and pastor Rick Warren lost his son to suicide after decades of struggling with emotional problems. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "The pain of our personal cross before feeling the relief of Easter – Terry Pluto’s Faith & You," 3 Apr. 2021 Kent Taylor, the 65-year-old CEO of Texas Roadhouse, lost his life to suicide. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, "Texas Roadhouse CEO Suicide: Post-Covid-19 Tinnitus Contributed," 21 Mar. 2021 At age 12, Lynch lost her mother to suicide; she was raised by her Aunt Millie, who died when Lynch was in her late 20s. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Can Karen Lynch vaccinate America?," 15 Mar. 2021 Markle admitted, with a heartbreaking remove, that the situation had nearly driven her to suicide. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Rigorous Empathy of “Oprah with Meghan and Harry”," 8 Mar. 2021 In 2016, Toni Plante, of Minnetonka, lost her daughter to suicide. Zoë Jackson, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities parent-to-parent Facebook group offers mental health support during pandemic," 5 Feb. 2021

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Suicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suicide. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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suicide

noun

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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