- 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.
Suicide is the act of killing yourself, or is taking an action that is very destructive to your self interests.
- 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
Rare to commit suicide
- 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
To kill oneself; commit suicide.
Relating to, involving, or resulting in one's voluntary death.
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)
suicide - Legal Definition
The voluntary and intentional act of taking one’s own life. It was a felony under common law, but is somewhat murky in today’s criminal courts. There is also no unanimity on whether either assisted suicide or attempted suicide are criminal acts.