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 Willson didn’t suggest that Fasold cannot understand the trial process, but suggested that the suicide attempts raise the issue of whether Fasold can assist in his own defense. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Lawyer seeks competency hearing for Plainville man held on child porn charges after suicide attempts," 28 Apr. 2021 Jaime has struggled with mental health issues and several suicide attempts, often exacerbated by his gender identity issues. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Life in transition: Documenting the lives of transgender San Antonians," 21 Apr. 2021 There were multiple suicide attempts, and there were men, alternately feckless and controlling, some of whom left her and at least one of whom—Kenneth Doolittle, a sailor and an opium addict—destroyed some of her work. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Alice Neel’s Portraits of Difference," 19 Apr. 2021 With shaky voices, parents shared harrowing, moving stories about prejudice, eating disorders, and suicide attempts. Arkansas Online, "Overpowering ignorance and fear," 18 Apr. 2021 After two suicide attempts, Fayak was put on a medical leave of absence in April 2015. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Ohio Supreme Court declines to hear challenge of University Hospitals’ time limit on employee discrimination cases," 16 Apr. 2021 Parents should also be aware that breakups are a significant risk factor for a first major depressive disorder and in youth suicide attempts. Washington Post, "Teens are terrible at breaking up. Here are six ways parents can help them improve.," 15 Apr. 2021 Of the 115 overdoses this year, 27 of them have been ruled suicide attempts, including seven in March. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "First quarter sees 30% increase in overdoses in Carroll County; twice as many deaths," 12 Apr. 2021 These words are written on a taxi sticker attached to the railing of a bridge that is often the location for suicide attempts. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, "Deluxe Taxi Company Delivers Revenge In The K-Drama ‘Taxi Driver’," 11 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the five years prior, non-suicide gun deaths fluctuated between roughly 12,000 and 15,500 deaths annually. Erin Schumaker, ABC News, "3 graphics tell the story of mass shootings during the pandemic," 24 Mar. 2021 There were 99 shootings -- more than triple the amount from the previous July — and the city has tallied 366 non-suicide shootings this year compared to 388 in all of 2019. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Black people in Portland struggle to be heard amid protests," 9 Aug. 2020 There were 99 shootings -- more than triple the amount from the previous July — and the city has tallied 366 non-suicide shootings this year compared to 388 in all of 2019. Gillian Flaccus And Suman Naishadham, Star Tribune, "Black people in Portland struggle to be heard amid protests," 9 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Set in Southern California, the New York Times Best Seller follows Nadia Turner, a rebellious seventeen-year-old whose mother commits suicide six months before the novel begins. NBC News, "10 books on Black motherhood to read in 2021," 7 May 2021 The 20-year-old machine operator from Cameron, Texas opened up about growing up in government housing and losing his friend, brother and uncle to suicide. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'American Idol' contestant Cecil Ray arrested for burglary days after elimination," 22 Apr. 2021 Mental health experts, and parents who have lost children to suicide in the last year, have expressed concern that the pandemic could be causing already concerning numbers to rise. Washington Post, "They lost a friend to suicide. Now, they’re on a 4,300-mile journey to help other young people who are struggling.," 14 Apr. 2021 My best and oldest friend, who lost her husband to suicide a few years ago, saw her son marry in recent days. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: After a pandemic year, Easter's rituals of renewal were more important than ever," 6 Apr. 2021 Christian author and pastor Rick Warren lost his son to suicide after decades of struggling with emotional problems. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "The pain of our personal cross before feeling the relief of Easter – Terry Pluto’s Faith & You," 3 Apr. 2021 Kent Taylor, the 65-year-old CEO of Texas Roadhouse, lost his life to suicide. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, "Texas Roadhouse CEO Suicide: Post-Covid-19 Tinnitus Contributed," 21 Mar. 2021 At age 12, Lynch lost her mother to suicide; she was raised by her Aunt Millie, who died when Lynch was in her late 20s. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Can Karen Lynch vaccinate America?," 15 Mar. 2021 Markle admitted, with a heartbreaking remove, that the situation had nearly driven her to suicide. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Rigorous Empathy of “Oprah with Meghan and Harry”," 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of suicide

Noun

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1765, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive 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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8 May 2021

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“Suicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suicide. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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