- When you slit your wrists and kill yourself, this is an example of suicide.
- When you reveal that you told a big lie when running for office, this is an example of political suicide.
- the act of killing oneself intentionally
- ruin of one's interests or prospects through one's own actions, policies, etc.
- a person who commits suicide
Origin of suicideClassical Latin sui, of oneself ( from Indo-European an unverified form sewe-, reflexive pronoun from base an unverified form se-, apart from source Old English swæs, own) + -cide
intransitive verb-·cid·ed, -·cid·ing
- of or relating to the act or an instance of suicide: a suicide note
- of or relating to a terrorist act intended to result in the death of the person carrying it out: a suicide bomber
- The act or an instance of intentionally killing oneself.
- The destruction or ruin of one's own interests: It is professional suicide to involve oneself in illegal practices.
- One who commits suicide.
intransitive verbsu·i·cid·ed, su·i·cid·ing, su·i·cides
Origin of suicideLatin suī of oneself ; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots. -cide
(usually uncountable, plural suicides)
- (uncountable) Intentional killing of oneself.
- (countable) A particular instance of a person intentionally killing himself or herself, or of multiple people doing so.
- (countable) A person who has intentionally killed him/herself.
- (figuratively) An action which could have the literal or figurative death of a person or organization as its consequence, although death is not the aim of the action.
- (countable) A beverage combining all available flavors at a soda fountain.
- A diabolo trick where one of the sticks is released and allowed to rotate 360Â° round the diabolo until it is caught by the hand that released it.
- (countable) 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.
- A children's game of throwing a ball against a wall and at other players, who are eliminated by being struck.
(third-person singular simple present suicides, present participle suiciding, simple past and past participle suicided)
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