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 What’s common between India’s deadly smog, its high levels of child malnutrition, growing obesity and diabetes, farmer suicides, and falling water table? Shivam Vij, Quartz India, "India’s Green Revolution, which once staved off famines, is now threatening lives," 7 Nov. 2019 In hundreds of texts and statements that came to light after Roy’s suicide, Carter, then 17, was revealed to have pushed him to go through with the act. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Conrad Roy's Mom on Michelle Carter's Early Release in Suicide Text Case: 'I Don't Think About Her'," 6 Nov. 2019 The first was total devastation: In 1995, his wife died by suicide. Rachel Sugar, Bon Appétit, "I Tried the Wim Hof Method to Find Happiness Through Suffering," 28 Oct. 2019 And even beyond the three people who died by suicide, 39 percent of the people who died had a history of serious mental illness. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "9 Organizations Working to Save Black Mothers," 22 Oct. 2019 The another thing is PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and firefighter suicides. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Katy fire chief identifies cancer, suicide as top concerns nationwide for fire service," 20 Oct. 2019 Some 97% of them considered suicide a social problem versus 60% of Alaskans. The Economist, "Russia’s Chukotka and America’s Alaska are an era apart," 17 Oct. 2019 Because often the media portrays us only with statistics about suicide, addiction, and poverty. Matt Williams, National Geographic, "How millennial Inuit sparked a musical movement," 14 Oct. 2019 There was Cleopatra’s suicide, using a poisonous snake. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "There will be blood – and lots of it – for 'Shakespeare’s bloodiest play'," 11 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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. Hari Kumar, BostonGlobe.com, "Making India more Hindu, one test at a time," 17 Aug. 2019 That is, members of society whose will to suicide is stronger than the Bridge’s interventions. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, "Review: In Juli Zeh’s ‘Empty Hearts,’ the high price of moral numbness becomes clear," 17 Aug. 2019 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

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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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12 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for suicide

The first known use of suicide was in 1643

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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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