What does suicide mean?

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ˈsu əˌsaɪdsui·cide

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suicide, self-destruction, self-annihilation(noun)

    the act of killing yourself

    "it is a crime to commit suicide"

  2. suicide, felo-de-se(noun)

    a person who kills himself intentionally


  1. suicide(Noun)

    Intentional killing of oneself, as a kind of action or social phenomenon.

  2. suicide(Noun)

    A particular instance of a person intentionally killing himself or herself, or of multiple people doing so.

  3. suicide(Noun)

    A person who has intentionally killed him/herself.

  4. suicide(Noun)

    An action that creates serious difficulty for its performer.

  5. suicide(Noun)

    A beverage combining all available flavors at a soda fountain.

  6. suicide(Noun)

    A diabolo trick where one of the sticks is released and allowed to rotate 360° round the diabolo until it is caught by the hand that released it.

  7. suicide(Noun)

    A run comprising a series of sprints of increasing lengths, each followed immediately by a return to the start, with no pause between one sprint and the next.

    The coach makes us run suicides at the end of each basketball practice.

  8. suicide(Verb)

    To kill oneself intentionally.

  9. Origin: 1651, coinage (probably originating in ) suicida, from sui (from suus) + -cida. Compare self-slaughter, self-blood.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suicide(adverb)

    the act of taking one's own life voluntary and intentionally; self-murder; specifically (Law), the felonious killing of one's self; the deliberate and intentional destruction of one's own life by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind

  2. Suicide(adverb)

    one guilty of self-murder; a felo-de-se

  3. Suicide(adverb)

    ruin of one's own interests

  4. Origin: [L. sui of one's self (akin to suus one's own) + caedere to slay, to kill. Cf. So, adv., Homicide.]


  1. Suicide

    Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one's own death. Suicide is often committed out of despair, the cause of which is frequently attributed to a mental disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, alcoholism, or drug abuse. Stress factors such as financial difficulties or troubles with interpersonal relationships often play a role. Efforts to prevent suicide include limiting access to firearms, treating mental illness and drug misuse, and improving economic development. The most commonly used method of suicide varies by country and is partly related to availability. Common methods include: hanging, pesticide poisoning, and firearms. Around 800,000 to a million people die by suicide every year, making it the 10th leading cause of death worldwide. Rates are higher in men than in women, with males three to four times more likely to kill themselves than females. There are an estimated 10 to 20 million non-fatal attempted suicides every year. Attempts are more common in young people and females. Views on suicide have been influenced by broad existential themes such as religion, honor, and the meaning of life. The Abrahamic religions traditionally consider suicide an offense towards God due to the belief in the sanctity of life. During the samurai era in Japan, seppuku was respected as a means of atonement for failure or as a form of protest. Sati, a now outlawed Hindu funeral practice, expected the widow to immolate herself on her husband's funeral pyre, either willingly or under pressure from the family and society.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suicide

    sū′i-sīd, n. one who dies by his own hand: self-murder.—adj. Sūicī′dal, pertaining to, or partaking of, the crime of suicide.—adv. Sūicī′dally.—n. Su′icidism, a tendency towards suicide. [Coined from L. sui, of himself, cædĕre, to kill.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Suicide

    The act of killing oneself.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suicide' in Nouns Frequency: #1920

How to pronounce suicide?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suicide in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suicide in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of suicide in a Sentence

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Imitation is suicide.

  2. John Michael Williams:

    Suicide is epidemic now.

  3. Green Beret Tommy Shoemaker:

    One was a suicide bomber.

  4. Stephen Mader:

    I knew it was suicide-by-cop.

  5. Anthony Liccione:

    There are no sides in suicide.

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