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- n. The slaughter or slaying of one's self, suicide.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Suicide.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The slaughter of one's self.
One in every 100 deaths is the result of what Hamlet called self-slaughter, and the vast majority who die that way are male.
Yet a group of emo teenagers merely rolled their eyes (whereas at least one journalist considered an emo-style act of self-slaughter), but respectfully waited for their beloved Stewart and Colbert to return, which they did, with merciful speed.
From the Kinzer piece: This shocking act of self-slaughter was the latest violent tragedy in the long history of a family drenched in blood—first that of the Iranians it tortured and killed, then its own.
Suicide, which Shakespeare called “self-slaughter” and which is known in Christian teaching as “the sin against the Holy Ghost,” occupies a very different place in the imagination of the West than it does in Japan, where self-disembowelment with a specialized blade has long been considered a proper response to shame or dishonor.
It is the atmospheric horror of a fish-belly white sky that has driven me over and over to the brink of self-slaughter.
I was, though, not convinced either that Mr. Law's prince was genuinely suicidal, or that he was bothered by the religious prohibition of self-slaughter.
It's true that Hamlet tells himself that he would commit suicide if the Almighty had not fixed His canon against self-slaughter, and that he would kill Claudius if the king were not at his prayers, but aren't these just more of his excuses for delay?
In the ghettos, brothers and sisters in self-slaughter.
Then she thought of that strange black stone with its crawling lines and spots of red and the despair that had filled her, as deep and black, with a stabbing red terror of self-slaughter.
The wet winter days seemed at times unending, and quite often they led to self-slaughter.
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