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 Studies show that conversion efforts can increase the risk of depression or suicide among young people, and although the therapy has been debunked by experts around the world, the practice remains legal throughout much of Europe. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Global decline in deforestation, and more," 22 May 2020 Then, in August 2019, Epstein died in an apparent suicide while in a federal jail in Manhattan. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The Story Behind the Netflix Docuseries Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich," 22 May 2020 During crises, extreme events like self-harm and suicide lag in time. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Is Everyone Depressed?," 22 May 2020 People unemployed for more than six months have also reported higher rates of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and even suicide. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "What If Mass Unemployment Is Here to Stay?," 22 May 2020 Substance abuse disorders and suicide deaths are deeply intertwined, Jordan said. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, "Drug overdose deaths drop in U.S. as other deaths of despair rise, report finds," 21 May 2020 Trigger warning: This story explores suicide and includes details of self-harm. USA Today, "The life-saving lesson suicidal people can teach a world in pandemic," 21 May 2020 As the global death toll from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic climbs, employers are scrambling to address the explosive rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and potential suicides that have emerged along with it. Arianne Cohen, BostonGlobe.com, "Employers scramble to address mental health epidemic," 20 May 2020 An 8-year-old girl and her 35-year-old mother were killed in an apparent murder-suicide in the Red Bird area Monday morning, police said. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "8-year-old girl, her mother killed in apparent murder-suicide in Red Bird area, Dallas police say," 18 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Over the past decade, the Seaside, Ore., business has lost two employees to suicide. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "Construction Industry Tackles Suicide, an Occupational Hazard," 11 Mar. 2020 The Air Force lost 84 active-duty members to suicide in 2019, which was up from 60 deaths in 2018. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Air Force suicide rate climbs to highest level in three decades," 8 Feb. 2020 Other highlights take a more explosive journey to emotional catharsis on an album haunted by the loss of one of singer Bert McCracken's closest friends to suicide. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Best concerts in Phoenix this February: Innings Festival, Young Dolph & Key Glock, Thrice," 31 Jan. 2020 But the fact is that detectives didn’t find much to point to suicide aside from a previous attempt years earlier with pills. cincinnati.com, "Accused podcast, Season 3, Chapter 6: Last day laid bare," 14 Jan. 2020 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

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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

27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Suicide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suicide. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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