self-slaughter love

Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

Etymologies

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"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One in every 100 deaths is the result of what Hamlet called self-slaughter, and the vast majority who die that way are male.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • 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.

    Jon Stewart rally: moderation breaks out in Washington crowd

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Let’s Die Together

  • It is the atmospheric horror of a fish-belly white sky that has driven me over and over to the brink of self-slaughter.

    Texas Weather | clusterflock

  • 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.

    'Artist Princes' Painted Germany's Rise and Fall

  • 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?

    'Without God': An Exchange

  • In the ghettos, brothers and sisters in self-slaughter.

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  • 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.

    Ill Met By Moonlight

  • The wet winter days seemed at times unending, and quite often they led to self-slaughter.

    Cider With Rosie

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