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suicide

noun sui·cide \ ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of suicide

1 a : 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

Examples of suicide in a Sentence

  1. She had thoughts of suicide.

  2. Authorities have officially ruled the death a suicide.

  3. There were two suicides last year at the university.

Recent Examples of suicide from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of suicide

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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suicide

adjective

Definition of suicide

: 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

First Known Use of suicide

1773


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suicide

verb

Definition of suicide

suicided; suiciding
intransitive verb
: to commit suicide
transitive verb
: to put (oneself) to death

Recent Examples of suicide from the Web

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First Known Use of suicide

1841



SUICIDE Defined for English Language Learners

suicide

noun

Definition of suicide for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of suicide for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to suicide


SUICIDE Defined for Kids

suicide

noun sui·cide \ ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd \

Definition of suicide for Students

1 : the act of someone who kills himself or herself purposely
2 : a person who kills himself or herself purposely

Medical Dictionary

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suicide

noun sui·cide \ ˈsü-ə-ˌsīd \

medical Definition of suicide

1 : the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally
2 : a person who commits or attempts suicide

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suicide

verb

medical Definition of suicide

suicided; suiciding
intransitive verb
: to commit suicide
transitive verb
: to put (oneself) to death


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