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 In October, a Cuban immigrant died by suicide in a Lousiana detention center. BostonGlobe.com, "A Zen priest turns her attention to immigrants in distress - The Boston Globe," 7 Dec. 2019 Since 2013, 14 students there have died by suicide. Michael Gold, New York Times, "3 Suicides in 2 Months Jolt a College Campus," 6 Dec. 2019 That night, at his mother's house, Gabriel died by suicide. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "CPS argues to appeals court it's not responsible for Gabriel Taye's 2017 suicide," 5 Dec. 2019 The 40-year-old man who was fatally shot in a confrontation with Loveland police Saturday died by suicide, according to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office. Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post, "Coroner: Fort Collins man killed in confrontation with Loveland Police died by suicide," 4 Dec. 2019 Zirkin counts among his biggest accomplishments the passage of Grace’s Law, an anti-cyberbullying bill inspired by Grace McComas, a Howard County teenager who died by suicide in 2012 after being bullied through social media. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Sen. Bobby Zirkin, Baltimore County member of General Assembly since 1999, says he’s resigning next month," 3 Dec. 2019 Jordan died by suicide in 2011 as a college freshman. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 2 Dec. 2019 Anthony Hernandez-Caballero, a student at Greenfield High School, died by suicide Oct. 12 at age 15. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After two suicides in six weeks, Greenfield students and parents demand more help for bullied students," 26 Nov. 2019 On August 11, just one day after Epstein died by suicide in jail, the Queen was photographed riding to Sunday church services in Scotland with her second son. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Shows Support for Prince Andrew After He Steps Back From Royal Duties," 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In response to the suicides, Youngblood and his jail staff began sending far more people to suicide watch cells, records show. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Jail Increased Extreme Isolation to Stop Suicides. More People Killed Themselves.," 5 Nov. 2019 Bidnik, a senior, lost her own father to suicide in 2016. Taylor Hartz, chicagotribune.com, "Ridgewood students, staff raise $4,000 in memory of teacher’s son after suicide," 6 Nov. 2019 By early 2015, Kern County’s jail deputies were sending nearly three dozen people a week to suicide watch, a 29% increase from a year earlier. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Jail Increased Extreme Isolation to Stop Suicides. More People Killed Themselves.," 5 Nov. 2019 Princess Kate has made mental health a central plank of her public work and Curtis, who also wrote Four Weddings and a Funeral, has previously talked about the difficulties for relatives of those who lose someone to suicide. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Quietly Met with Love Actually Director Richard Curtis for This Special Reason," 12 Sep. 2019 Their needs range from panic attacks to suicide attempts. oregonlive, "Child or teen needs mental health treatment? In Portland area, they face agonizing waits," 10 Sep. 2019 Romance radio star Delilah endured unimaginable heartbreak in recent years, with the loss of her 16-year-old son Sammy to complications from sickle cell anemia in 2012, and her 18-year-old son Zack to suicide in 2017. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Radio Host Delilah Says Faith 'Saved My Sanity' After the Death of Two Sons: 'I Choose Joy'," 3 Sep. 2019 Local activists and lawyers say the pain of being left off a preliminary list of citizens and the prospect of being thrown into jail have driven dozens to suicide. New York Times, "India Plans Big Detention Camps for Migrants. Muslims Are Afraid.," 14 Aug. 2019 The nine-member task force will examine what drives veterans to suicide and search for solutions to a problem that is evident in Alabama. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Death of Hoover Marine inspires fight against veterans’ suicides," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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Last Updated

10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Suicide.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suicide. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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