Suicide is killing yourself on purpose, dying at your own hand. Some people kill themselves by accident, but that’s not suicide, it’s just clumsy and unfortunate.

The word suicide breaks down into the Latin words sui and caedere, which together translate to “kill oneself.” However, not all suicides are about the final end of life. For example, a righteous politician can commit political suicide by speaking publicly about an unpopular topic. We call a person who has killed himself a suicide, and a police report might tell how many suicides happen in a city each year.

Definitions of suicide

n the act of killing yourself

“it is a crime to commit suicide
self-annihilation, self-destruction
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assisted suicide
suicide of a terminally ill person that involves an assistant who serves to make dying as painless and dignified as possible
an act of deliberate self destruction
hara-kiri, harakiri, harikari, seppuku
ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society
the act of a Hindu widow willingly cremating herself on the funeral pyre of her dead husband
physician-assisted suicide
assisted suicide where the assistant is a physician
Type of:
kill, killing, putting to death
the act of terminating a life

n a person who kills himself intentionally

Type of:
killer, slayer
someone who causes the death of a person or animal

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