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 Austin Kieler, founder of People Against Conversion Therapy, said LGBTQ+ youth are far more likely to suffer from mental health issues and have significantly higher rates of suicide than their straight or cisgender peers. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis has become the eleventh municipality in Wisconsin to ban conversion therapy for minors," 3 Sep. 2020 Like many Alaskans, both Codys have experienced the staggering loss of suicide. Anchorage Daily News, "Healing through laughter: These friends uplift with viral videos showcasing Cup’ik culture," 2 Sep. 2020 Court documents said a June Facebook conversation between Schultz and Robin revealed the establishment of a suicide pact between the teens. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana teens suspected of planning Columbine-style shooting charged," 13 Aug. 2020 Quigley’s defense attorney Paul Pfingst said the prosecution asked to dismiss the case after the medical examiner determined Pedro had died as a result of suicide. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Case dismissed against Carlsbad man accused of murder in girlfriend’s death," 31 Aug. 2020 Many were upset that the department released the graphic video of the suicide. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Minneapolis rioters appear to cheer as officer gets struck in head by trash can lid," 27 Aug. 2020 Hilliard said Flowers, 21, had been dealing with mental health issues and thoughts of suicide when he was prescribed antidepressants by a school psychiatrist and was instructed to sit out for at least two games. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Family of New Mexico football player Nahje Flowers – who took his own life – sues school, NCAA," 25 Aug. 2020 Bryan White is proud of his son using this platform to help his peers who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Perry QB Dane White's teen suicide prevention public service announcement hits home," 20 Aug. 2020 Food-service workers have the highest rate of substance abuse of all professions and an above-average rate of suicide. Dallas News, "‘Completely shook’: Support groups form for restaurant workers suffering from pandemic depression and anxiety," 19 Aug. 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 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 An emotional Chief Calvin Williams told reporters that the department also lost another officer on Thursday to suicide. CBS News, "Arrests made after Cleveland officer shot dead; 2nd cop dies by suicide," 4 Sep. 2020 On Monday, Travis Snyder began his 300-mile journey from Holland to Mackinaw City, with the aim of walking around 22 miles every day in remembrance of 22 veterans who are lost to suicide each day. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Marine vet sets out on 300-mile journey to raise awareness about veteran suicide," 18 Aug. 2020 Love Island has lost three participants to suicide, including former host Caroline Flack. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "When Reality TV Contestants Die, Who Should We Blame?," 28 July 2020 In India’s Punjab, debt drives about a thousand farmers to suicide every year. Brendan Hoffman, National Geographic, "A water crisis looms for 270 million people as South Asia’s glaciers shrink," 16 June 2020 Over the past decade, the Seaside, Ore., business has lost two employees to suicide. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "Construction Industry Tackles Suicide, an Occupational Hazard," 11 Mar. 2020 The Air Force lost 84 active-duty members to suicide in 2019, which was up from 60 deaths in 2018. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Air Force suicide rate climbs to highest level in three decades," 8 Feb. 2020 Other highlights take a more explosive journey to emotional catharsis on an album haunted by the loss of one of singer Bert McCracken's closest friends to suicide. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Best concerts in Phoenix this February: Innings Festival, Young Dolph & Key Glock, Thrice," 31 Jan. 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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Time Traveler for suicide

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The first known use of suicide was in 1643

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Last Updated

16 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Suicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suicide. Accessed 25 Sep. 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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