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 In December 2014, a theater performance about terrorism was attacked by a teenage suicide bomber, who killed three people. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "In Afghanistan, Being an Artist Is a Dangerous Job," 15 Jan. 2020 The two individuals were teenagers in 2014, and their relationship, conducted mostly by phone and text, focused in large part on 18-year-old Conrad Roy's frequent suicide attempts. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court lets conviction stand of young woman who encouraged friend's suicide," 13 Jan. 2020 In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III of Massachusetts parked his truck and filled it with carbon monoxide, killing himself after several failed suicide attempts. NBC News, "Supreme Court will not consider Michelle Carter appeal for urging boyfriend to kill himself," 13 Jan. 2020 On October 23rd, a suicide bomber drove a truck loaded with twelve thousand pounds of explosives into the peacekeepers’ barracks. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Iran Problem," 12 Jan. 2020 Epstein was moved out of that cell and placed on suicide watch. Author: Jim Mustian, Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "Video in apparent Epstein suicide attempt is lost, federal prosecutors say," 9 Jan. 2020 In 1992 a Hizbullah suicide-bomber responded to the killing of the group’s leader by attacking the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. The Economist, "After the assassination How Iran can respond to the killing of Qassem Suleimani," 9 Jan. 2020 Epstein was moved out of that cell and placed on suicide watch. Time, "Prison Video Related to Jeffrey Epstein's Apparent Suicide Attempt Is Lost, Prosecutors Say," 9 Jan. 2020 The cause of death was a bullet wound to the head; a .22 caliber gun was found near Nisman, but there was no suicide note. Alejandra Salazar, refinery29.com, "The True Story Behind Netflix’s Nisman: The Prosecutor, The President & The Spy," 1 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the fact is that detectives didn’t find much to point to suicide aside from a previous attempt years earlier with pills. cincinnati.com, "Accused podcast, Season 3, Chapter 6: Last day laid bare," 14 Jan. 2020 In response to the suicides, Youngblood and his jail staff began sending far more people to suicide watch cells, records show. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Jail Increased Extreme Isolation to Stop Suicides. More People Killed Themselves.," 5 Nov. 2019 Bidnik, a senior, lost her own father to suicide in 2016. Taylor Hartz, chicagotribune.com, "Ridgewood students, staff raise $4,000 in memory of teacher’s son after suicide," 6 Nov. 2019 By early 2015, Kern County’s jail deputies were sending nearly three dozen people a week to suicide watch, a 29% increase from a year earlier. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Jail Increased Extreme Isolation to Stop Suicides. More People Killed Themselves.," 5 Nov. 2019 Princess Kate has made mental health a central plank of her public work and Curtis, who also wrote Four Weddings and a Funeral, has previously talked about the difficulties for relatives of those who lose someone to suicide. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Quietly Met with Love Actually Director Richard Curtis for This Special Reason," 12 Sep. 2019 Their needs range from panic attacks to suicide attempts. oregonlive, "Child or teen needs mental health treatment? In Portland area, they face agonizing waits," 10 Sep. 2019 Romance radio star Delilah endured unimaginable heartbreak in recent years, with the loss of her 16-year-old son Sammy to complications from sickle cell anemia in 2012, and her 18-year-old son Zack to suicide in 2017. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Radio Host Delilah Says Faith 'Saved My Sanity' After the Death of Two Sons: 'I Choose Joy'," 3 Sep. 2019 Local activists and lawyers say the pain of being left off a preliminary list of citizens and the prospect of being thrown into jail have driven dozens to suicide. New York Times, "India Plans Big Detention Camps for Migrants. Muslims Are Afraid.," 14 Aug. 2019

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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

22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

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