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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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

The suicide rate is at a 50-year peak, according to the AP. Julissa Treviño, Vox, "Suicides are at the highest rate in decades, CDC report shows," 30 Nov. 2018 In 1999, the most urban counties in the US had a suicide rate of 9.6 deaths per 100,000 people. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "US life expectancy continues to move in reverse," 29 Nov. 2018 Death rates rose in particular for adults ages 25 to 44, and suicide rates are highest among people in the nation’s most rural areas. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "U.S. Life Expectancy Falls Further," 29 Nov. 2018 The suicide rate in Wisconsin is four times the homicide rate, according to the Department of Health Services. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deputies save man from jumping off Hoan Bridge," 13 July 2018 The mental toll of the storm has been tremendous as well, as the overall suicide rate in the territory increased 29% in 2017, according to the Puerto Rico Department of Public Health. Chris Morris, Fortune, "The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Not Expected to Be as Bad as Forecasters Originally Predicted," 5 July 2018 Among men in the USA, the suicide rate is highest among those 65 and older; firearms are the most common method, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jonel Aleccia And Melissa Bailey, USA TODAY, "Unlocked and loaded: Families confront dementia and guns," 1 July 2018 The vote was 86-11, an overwhelming majority that reflected a bipartisan desire to rush relief to farmers confronting low food prices, rising suicide rates and an array of other troubles. Caitlin Dewey, chicagotribune.com, "Senate passes sweeping farm bill by wide margin, setting up fight with House," 29 June 2018 That's even as the nation overall has seen an increase in suicide rates over the last 30 years. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Farmers in America are killing themselves in staggering numbers," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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