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

Welby arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday and first visited St. Sebastian’s Church near the town of Negombo and paid homage to those killed in the Easter suicide bomb attacks blamed on Muslim extremists. Washington Post, "Anglican Church head says religions must own up to extremism," 1 Sep. 2019 Today’s apparent suicide is the second death in the Madison County jail in under two weeks. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Madison County inmate dies in apparent suicide, sheriff says," 1 Sep. 2019 Members of a dysfunctional family react differently to the suicide of the eldest son. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Is a letter asking about suicide absent any sympathetic words an unkind act? Mary Stanik, Twin Cities, "Mary Stanik: What seems kind, or not, from inside the shadow of grief," 30 Aug. 2019 Prosecutors confirmed Tuesday that inquiries into Epstein’s co-conspirators were ongoing and would continue despite the fact that the criminal case against Epstein has been dismissed due to Epstein's suicide in his jail cell earlier this month. Bryan Llenas | Fox News, Fox News, "Video from raid on Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach mansion showed nude images of young women," 29 Aug. 2019 Since its conception in 2016, The Pete Foundation has been involved in many different community initiatives to combat suicide and advocate for mental wellness in Louisville. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Here's everything you need to know about Louisville's PeteFest music festival," 27 Aug. 2019 Whether such deaths do constitute suicide is a semantic debate. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "In the face of death: How a Seattle man celebrated his life, then ended it," 26 Aug. 2019 Foreman recommends calling your legislators to ask about suicide prevention plans in your state. Lizz Schumer, Woman's Day, "Is Suicide Preventable? Experts Weigh In," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Samantha Seigler, 29, lost her younger brother to suicide seven years ago. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Things to Say When a Friend’s Loved One Dies by Suicide (and 3 to Avoid)," 5 Feb. 2019 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

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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 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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