Origin of suicide
usage note for suicide
However, the phrase commit suicide is discouraged by major editorial style guides, mental health professionals, and specialists in suicide prevention. The verb commit is associated with crime (in the justice system) and sin (in religion). Using such moralistic language deepens the emotional pain surrounding a suicide.
The verb phrases to die by suicide and to end one’s life are now preferred over the common expression commit suicide . The adjectives successful , unsuccessful , and failed are words that should be avoided when describing a suicide or suicide attempt, as is language that either romanticizes or stigmatizes the act.
Suicide is undeniably a hard subject to broach. It is okay to talk about suicide; studies show that discussing suicide with someone will not make that person suicidal or increase the likelihood of acting on suicidal ideation. But using language that criminalizes the act is insensitive to those whose lives have been touched by suicide.
OTHER WORDS FROM suicidean·ti·su·i·cide, adjective
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The Samaritan guidelines are written around the assumption that suicide is a purely irrational act, an act spurred by illness.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The sad fact is that more than 41 percent of trans people admit making at least one suicide attempt in their lifetime.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But at 45, Branch died of a reported suicide, leaving behind family, friends and a legacy that goes beyond the beauty industry.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45|Danielle Belton|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One is reported to have blown himself up, along with many victims, but detonating a suicide vest.Taliban: We Slaughtered 100+ Kids Because Their Parents Helped America|Sami Yousafzai|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When I was in the closet in my twenties, I considered suicide almost every day.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But I cannot imagine myself committing suicide—talk about ugly words!Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Amongst the prisoners were several provincial governors, one of whom attempted to commit suicide.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
If you fight in your boots, we must all do the same, and for myself—well, I have not come here to commit suicide.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
We had hardly lost sight of the slaver before one of our own crew had nearly committed suicide.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
But that arch-fiend had been deserted by the majority of his followers, and he was babbling of suicide to his fellow Brahmins.The Red Year|Louis Tracy