suicidal

[soo-uh-sahyd-l]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to, involving, or suggesting suicide.
  2. tending or leading to suicide.
  3. foolishly or rashly dangerous: He drives at a suicidal speed.

Origin of suicidal

First recorded in 1770–80; suicide + -al1
Related formssu·i·cid·al·ly, adverbpseu·do·su·i·ci·dal, adjectiveun·su·i·cid·al, adjectiveun·su·i·cid·al·ly, adverb
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Related Words for suicidal

fatal, depressed, deadly, dangerous, lethal, destructive

Examples from the Web for suicidal

Contemporary Examples of suicidal

Historical Examples of suicidal

  • This was the feeling which forbad him to retreat from his suicidal purpose.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope

  • Do not rail against the designs of Providence; it would be suicidal.

  • It would be suicidal for the two men now to attempt to do anything to free them.

    The Cave of Gold

    Everett McNeil

  • Exposure, wet feet, were as suicidal in her condition as poison, he had told her.

  • I found Tony, the suicidal Greek, steering this morning when I came on deck.


British Dictionary definitions for suicidal

suicidal

adjective
  1. involving, indicating, or tending towards suicide
  2. liable to result in suicidea suicidal attempt
  3. liable to destroy one's own interests or prospects; dangerously rash
Derived Formssuicidally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for suicidal
adj.

1777, from suicide + -al (1). Related: Suicidally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

suicidal in Medicine

suicidal

[sōō′ĭ-sīdl]
adj.
  1. Of or relating to suicide.
  2. Likely to attempt suicide.
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