suicide

[ soo-uh-sahyd ]
/ ˈsu əˌsaɪd /

noun

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 his or her own life.

verb (used without object), su·i·cid·ed, su·i·cid·ing.

to commit suicide.

verb (used with object), su·i·cid·ed, su·i·cid·ing.

to kill (oneself).

Nearby words

  1. suharto,
  2. sui,
  3. sui generis,
  4. sui juris,
  5. suicidal,
  6. suicide bomber,
  7. suicide clause,
  8. suicide machine,
  9. suicide pact,
  10. suicide squeeze

Origin of suicide

1645–55; < New Latin suīcīdium, -cīda, equivalent to Latin suī of oneself, genitive singular of reflexive pronunciation + -cīdium, -cīda -cide

Related formsan·ti·su·i·cide, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for suicide

suicide

/ (ˈsuːɪˌsaɪd, ˈsjuː-) /

noun

the act or an instance of killing oneself intentionally
the self-inflicted ruin of one's own prospects or interestsa merger would be financial suicide
a person who kills himself intentionally
(modifier) reckless; extremely dangerousa 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 enemya suicide attack; suicide bomber

Word Origin for suicide

C17: from New Latin suīcīdium, from Latin suī of oneself + -cīdium, from caedere to kill

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Word Origin and History for suicide

suicide

n.
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Medicine definitions for suicide

suicide

[ sōōĭ-sīd′ ]

n.

The act or an instance of intentionally killing oneself.
One who commits suicide.

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