self-slaughter

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EtymologyEdit

1595, self- +‎ slaughter, possibly taken as a shortening of the phrase against self-slaughter (slaughter against one's self). Compare Old English seolfcwala (suicide), Old English āgenslaga (suicide).

NounEdit

self-slaughter (plural self-slaughters)

  1. The slaughter or slaying of one's self, suicide.
    Against self-slaughter, There is a prohibition so divine, That cravens my weak hand. --Shak., Cymbeline

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Last modified on 27 August 2013, at 00:12