suicide

noun
sui·cide | \ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd \

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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Synonyms for suicide

Synonyms: Noun

self-destruction

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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

Six people were dead in all, including a suicide car bomber, police said. BostonGlobe.com, "6 dead after attackers target presidential palace," 14 July 2018 In the southwestern province of Baluchistan, a suicide bomber killed 128 people, including a politician running for a provincial legislature. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 The candidate, Siraj Raisani, died when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally in Mastung, a town in southwestern Baluchistan province. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, chicagotribune.com, "74 dead in election violence in Pakistan," 13 July 2018 No one claimed responsibility, but the bombing came days after a suicide bomber dispatched by the Pakistani Taliban killed secular politician Haroon Ahmed Bilour and 20 others at his rally in the northwestern city of Peshwar. Fox News, "The Latest: Bomb explodes near Pakistan pol's election rally," 13 July 2018 In the southwestern Baluchistan town of Mastung, Siraj Raisani a candidate in the provincial Parliament, died when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, USA TODAY, "At least 74 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 13 July 2018 On May 22, 2017, a single suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the Manchester Arena, where Grande held a concert. refinery29.com, "Ariana Grande Not Amused By Pete Davidson's "Unfortunate" Manchester Joke," 5 July 2018 In May, 39-year-old Kenneth Wayne Bigham committed suicide in the jail's disciplinary detention unit, investigators said. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Inmate dies at Mecklenburg County jail," 5 July 2018 According to police reports, the victim had considered suicide. Bill Kurtz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cedarburg High School students cited after allegedly bullying classmate," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Such programs, Arkin said, are a sign that communities are responding differently to suicide these days. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Teen suicide doesn’t end with the school year. Now JoCo schools offer summertime therapy," 12 July 2018 Read more: Actor who played Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars says the hate for his character almost led him to suicideA bride gave bone marrow to save a stranger’s baby. Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, "The future of suburban homelessness? As malls empty, an old Macy’s becomes a homeless shelter.," 6 July 2018 This nightmare is the new reality for Kym and Mark Hilinski, who lost their 21-year-old son to suicide on January 16. Emily Davies, PEOPLE.com, "Parents of College Quarterback Who Died of Suicide on His CTE Diagnosis: 'We Let Him Play Football'," 27 June 2018 But John Schneider, chief medical officer at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, said that firearm policies may be overstated in their contribution to suicide risk. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin suicide rate has increased 25 percent since '99, mirroring national problem," 14 June 2018 Bartending staff from Kru Restaurant in Sacramento are donating their tips to suicide prevention in tribute to Chef Anthony Bourdain. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Bartenders at local restaurant to donate tips in honor of Anthony Bourdain," 9 June 2018 In Oregon, two people on average lose their lives to suicide each day, making self-harm one of the leading causes of death. Betsy Hammond, OregonLive.com, "Suicide prevention a priority in Oregon, where 2 people a day die by suicide," 8 June 2018 The actor Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of rape, posted a video Friday, crying and encouraging people to reach out to suicide hotlines. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Anthony Bourdain Remembered As an 'Unabashedly Supportive' Advocate and Ally in #MeToo," 8 June 2018 Contributing factors to suicide While prevention efforts mainly focus on identifying and providing treatment for people with mental illness, experts say suicide is rarely caused by a single factor. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Dramatic rise in suicides is "more than a mental health issue," CDC says," 7 June 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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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