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
How to use suicide in a sentence
This stipulation is enforceable if it can be proven that the insured suicided while sane.
It is generally held to be unenforceable if the insured suicided while insane.
Finally he couldn't get his own way over something and he just suicided by jumping into the well.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922|Lucy Maud Montgomery