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

On June 27, twin suicide bombings in the capital, Tunis, targeted Tunisia's security forces and killed at least one person and injured several others. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Tunisia bans full-face coverings in public institutions after twin bombings," 5 July 2019 Police soon discovered alarming text messages from his girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, that seemed to encourage him to commit suicide. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of July 7-13," 5 July 2019 Then, before Mr Essebsi fell ill, a pair of suicide bombings in central Tunis killed a police officer and wounded several other people. The Economist, "Tunisia’s fragile democracy faces a stiff test," 4 July 2019 Dan’s military forefathers dying in previous wars was shot on the last day of production, shot on a nearby rooftop where Jenny nearly commits suicide later in the film. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al.com, "35 fascinating facts about ‘Forrest Gump’," 25 June 2019 La Torre, cooped up in the safe house, had probably committed suicide, though rumors that Guzmán had killed her lingered. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019 On that day, three churches and three hotels were targeted in coordinated suicide bombings. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Dallas’ ‘lone wolf’ shooting shows how we’re always in danger, even with improved security," 22 June 2019 In meetings with undercover agents over 10 months, Mr. Alam discussed the possibility of carrying out suicide bombings in Washington or in Times Square. New York Times, "Times Square Terror Plot: Inspired by Bin Laden, Man Planned Bombing, Officials Say," 7 June 2019 In 1974 Hersh reported in The New York Times that Korry had facilitated the CIA’s efforts to foment internal opposition to Allende, who committed suicide during a coup that overthrew him in 1973. Scott Sherman, The New York Review of Books, "A Muckraker’s Progress," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Trigger Warning: This post contains references to suicide. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""13 Reasons Why" Series Premiere Reportedly Linked to Higher Suicide Rates," 30 Apr. 2019 Samantha Seigler, 29, lost her younger brother to suicide seven years ago. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Things to Say When a Friend’s Loved One Dies by Suicide (and 3 to Avoid)," 5 Feb. 2019 In the book, the radio host shares stories of faith and forgiveness, as well as immense loss, including that of her teenage son, Zachariah Miguel Rene-Ortega, to suicide last year. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Radio Host Delilah Opens Up About Losing Her Teenage Son to Suicide In New Memoir," 22 Oct. 2018 Many would say there is a moral imperative for platforms to take down legal-but-offensive or harmful speech — including seriously disturbing material like Holocaust denial tracts and suicide how-to videos. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump keeps complaining about bias on Twitter — but what can he do about it? 8 experts weigh in.," 23 Aug. 2018 The report calls suicide a growing public health problem that needs to be effectively approached to prevent risk whether or not an individual has been diagnosed with a mental health condition. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "CDC finds troubling rise in suicide rates across country — including in Georgia," 8 June 2018 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

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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 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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