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 suicide on Wikipedia

EtymologyEdit

1651, New Latin coinage (probably originating in English) suīcīda, suīcīdium, from Latin suī (from suus (one’s own)) + Latin -cīda (one who kills). Compare self-slaughter, self-blood. Equivalent to +‎ -cide.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsuːɪˌsaɪd/, /ˈsjuːɪˌsaɪd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsuəˌsaɪd/
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NounEdit

suicide (countable and uncountable, plural suicides)

  1. (uncountable) Intentional killing of oneself.
    • 1904, Harold MacGrath, The Man On The Box, ch. 22:
      The cowardice of suicide was abhorrent to him.
    • 2012 April 19, Josh Halliday, “Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised?”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Other global taboos, such as sex and suicide, manifest themselves widely online, with websites offering suicide guides and Hot XXX Action seconds away at the click of a button. The UK government will come under pressure to block access to pornographic websites this year when a committee of MPs publishes its report on protecting children online.
  2. (countable) A particular instance of a person intentionally killing himself or herself, or of multiple people doing so.
    • 1919, Edgar Wallace, The Secret House, ch. 14:
      There had been half a dozen mysterious suicides which had been investigated by Scotland Yard.
    • 1999, Philip H. Melling, Fundamentalism in America: Millennialism, Identity and Militant Religion, Edinburgh University Press, ISBN 978-0-7486-0978-9, page 192:
      In this way the Heaven’s Gate community were not only escaping the threat of ‘global destruction’, they were hurling themselves directly into ‘the lap of God’, using their suicide as a way of ‘bridging the chasm’ between an earthly world which had no future and ‘a thousand years of unmitigated peace’.
  3. (countable) A person who has intentionally killed him/herself.
    • 1915, W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage, ch. 95:
      "I remember one suicide," she said to Philip, "who threw himself into the Thames."
  4. (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.
    • 1959, Everett Dirksen, in the Congressional Record, Feb. 9, page 2100:[2]
      [] I do not want the Congress or the country to commit fiscal suicide on the installment plan.
    • 2000, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, The Ice Limit ISBN 0446525871:
      “Mr. Glinn,” said Britton, “it's suicide to take a huge ship like this past the Ice Limit. Especially in this weather.”
    • 2004, Robert D. Lock, Job Search: Career Planning Guide ISBN 0534574211, page 24:
      [] it's suicide to change jobs in mid-career.
  5. (countable) A beverage combining all available flavors at a soda fountain.
    • 1994, Christopher Buckley, Cruising State: Growing Up in Southern California, University of Nevada Press, ISBN 0-87417-247-0, page 34:
      You could sit at a corner and order your Suicide, and one of two twin brothers who worked there would hold an old-fashioned soda glass, a heavy tall V-shaped one with a round foot at the bottom, and go down the line with one shot of everything—cherry, lemon, Coke, and chocolate syrups—before adding soda water.
    • 2000, Mark Pendergrast, For God, Country and Coca-Cola, Basic Books, ISBN 0-465-05468-4, page 15:
      Using Coca-Cola as a base, a suicide called for the addition of every other flavor available.
  6. 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. (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.
  8. A children's game of throwing a ball against a wall and at other players, who are eliminated by being struck.
  9. (attributive) pertaining to a suicide bombing; as suicide belt, suicide vest

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VerbEdit

suicide (third-person singular simple present suicides, present participle suiciding, simple past and past participle suicided)

  1. (intransitive) To kill oneself intentionally.
    • 1917, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams, ch. 11:
      "Her husband suicided three years ago. Just like a man!"
    • 1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Penguin 2010, page 136:
      Seems a lady poet suicided at Verringer's ranch in Sepulveda canyon one time.
  2. (transitive) To kill (someone) and make their death appear to have been a suicide rather than a homicide (now especially as part of a conspiracy).
    • 1898 October 29, in Punch, or the London charivari, page 196:
      Have bought The Shanghai Chopsticks. Proprietor at first refused to sell, but when I ordered the boiling oil he became more reasonable. Editor reports that circulation is not what it ought to be. [] Will publish proclaimation, "Any person found not in possession of The Shanghai Chopsticks (current number) will be suicided."
    • 2011, Tobias Jones, White Death ISBN 0571275907, page 273:
      Even if he did get charged, he would be suicided long before he could involve one of the city's most important politicians in the scam.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Before the 1700s called homicide de soi-même; see above.

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NounEdit

suicide m (plural suicides)

  1. suicide

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suicide

  1. inflection of suicider:
    1. first-person and third-person singular present indicative
    2. first-person and third-person singular present subjunctive
    3. second-person singular imperative

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suicide f pl

  1. feminine plural of suicida

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suicide f pl

  1. plural of suicida

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NormanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English suicide.

NounEdit

suicide m (plural suicides)

  1. (Jersey) suicide

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suicide

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of suicidar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of suicidar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of suicidar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of suicidar

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suicide

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of suicidar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of suicidar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of suicidar.