from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of killing one's self; suicide.


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  • In general, whenever a paramount interest of human nature is at stake, a suicide which maintains that interest is self-homicide: but, for a personal interest, it becomes self-murder.

    Note Book of an English Opium-Eater

  • Simply to kill a man is not murder: _prima facie_, therefore, there is some sort of presumption that simply for a man to kill himself -- may not always be so: there is such a thing as simple homicide distinct from murder: there may, therefore, possibly be such a thing as self-homicide distinct from self-murder.

    Note Book of an English Opium-Eater

  • a fellow-creature, but, according to the circumstances of the case, pronounce his act either murder, or manslaughter, or justifiable homicide; so by parity of reason, suicide is open to distinctions of the same or corresponding kinds; that there may be such a thing as self-homicide not less than self-murder -- culpable self-homicide

    Theological Essays and Other Papers — Volume 1


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