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

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are almost five times more likely to have attempted suicide than heterosexual youth. Beth Dreher, Woman's Day, "Meet the Woman Who Stands In at LGBTQ Weddings," 4 May 2019 Terrified and in agony over her closeted life, J.J. attempted suicide, and the entire game is a sort of near-death fever dream where J.J.’s identity swims between liminal spaces — closeted and out, alive and dead, whole and in literal pieces. Julie Muncy, The Verge, "This queer horror game forces you to literally tear yourself apart," 8 Nov. 2018 In Syria last month, ISIS orchestrated a coordinated suicide bombing campaign in Sweida Province, an area in southern Syria close to the border with Jordan that is primarily home to members of the Druze minority. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "The Pentagon says ISIS is “well-positioned” to make a comeback," 17 Aug. 2018 Ward’s attorney, Sean Ellsworth, said the note bolsters her husband’s claim that Diane Ward was attempting suicide on the night of her death and approached Bob Ward with a gun in her hands, prompting the struggle that ended with her shooting. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Former Isleworth millionaire Bob Ward sentenced to 30 years in prison," 14 June 2018 Many of these women had to plead insanity or say their pregnancy was causing them to consider suicide — two of the few permissible justifications for obtaining permission. Rickie Solinger, Vox, "This is what life was like for women in America before Roe v. Wade," 7 Sep. 2018 Kavanaugh also argued unsuccessfully before the Supreme Court that attorney-client privilege did not apply to Foster after his death by suicide. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Who is Brett Kavanaugh? The Marylander might be Trump's next Supreme Court pick," 28 June 2018 Farmers are dying by suicide at a higher rate than any other occupational group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Farmers in America are killing themselves in staggering numbers," 26 June 2018 In 2017, 18 percent of Oregon high school juniors reported they had seriously considered suicide during the previous 12 months, the Oregon Healthy Teens Survey. Bethany Barnes, OregonLive.com, "Let high school students sleep in to promote learning, mental health, proponents urge," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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