verb (used without object), su·i·cid·ed, su·i·cid·ing.
verb (used with object), su·i·cid·ed, su·i·cid·ing.
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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
Words nearby suicide
Example sentences from the Web for suicide
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
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
What is the suicide rate of Christian teens relative to transgender ones?Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not long after, a 10-year-old girl wearing a suicide belt was arrested.
Cebes asks why suicide is thought not to be right, if death is to be accounted a good?Phaedo|Plato
I hardly think there's anybody desperate enough to do that kind of a trick, for it would be a case of suicide.Frank Merriwell's Nobility|Burt L. Standish (AKA Gilbert Patten)
Even though it looked like suicide, attacking the tower brought blessed relief.Planet of the Damned|Harry Harrison
But I felt vividly that I was present as a spectator of my own suicide, and thought myself a feeble kind of fool.Adventures on the Roof of the World|Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond
"Coz you're the Deer and that'd be suicide," was Sam's objection.Two Little Savages|Ernest Thompson Seton