the intentional taking of one's own life.
destruction of one's own interests or prospects: Buying that house was financial suicide.
a person who intentionally takes their own life.
to intentionally end one’s own life; to die by suicide.
to kill (oneself).
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.
- an·ti·su·i·cide, adjective
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How to use suicide in a sentence
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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
British Dictionary definitions for suicide
the act or an instance of killing oneself intentionally
the self-inflicted ruin of one's own prospects or interests: a merger would be financial suicide
a person who kills himself intentionally
(modifier) reckless; extremely dangerous: a suicide mission
(modifier) (of an action) undertaken or (of a person) undertaking an action in the knowledge that it will result in the death of the person performing it in order that maximum damage may be inflicted on an enemy: a suicide attack; suicide bomber
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