Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of intentionally killing oneself.
  • n. The destruction or ruin of one's own interests: It is professional suicide to involve oneself in illegal practices.
  • n. One who commits suicide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Intentional killing of oneself, as a kind of action or social phenomenon.
  • n. A particular instance of a person intentionally killing himself or herself, or of multiple people doing so.
  • n. A person who has intentionally killed him/herself.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A beverage combining all available flavors at a soda fountain.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To kill oneself intentionally.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of taking one's own life voluntary and intentionally; self-murder; specifically (Law), the felonious killing of one's self; the deliberate and intentional destruction of one's own life by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind.
  • n. One guilty of self-murder; a felo-de-se.
  • n. Ruin of one's own interests.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who commits suicide; at common law, one who, being of the years of discretion and of sound mind, destroys himself.
  • n. The act of designedly destroying one's own life.
  • n. Figuratively, destruction of one's own interests or aims.
  • To be guilty of suicide.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who kills himself intentionally
  • n. the act of killing yourself

Etymologies

Latin suī, of oneself; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + -cide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

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  • Sui refers to one's own self in Latin and ' Cide' refers to killing.

    Sui+Cide = Matricide = Killing oneself.

    October 22, 2013

  • We`ll never know.

    March 19, 2009

  • Yeah, leave 'em laughin', right? I guess you could say he did Carlin proud. Perhaps Life is Worth Losing was the kid's inspiration...

    March 19, 2009

  • Horrible as it may be, atleast the guy had a good sense of humour.

    March 19, 2009

  • True (morbid) story: My husband's classmate senior year committed suicide by hanging himself. His note simply read "Got rope?"

    March 19, 2009

  • "Hey, guys! Guess what? Keep on reading! How are you? I hope you are fine. I am not fine - as you can no doubt tell from me hanging here from the ceiling fixture. You are the ones who drove me to this. I was doing just fine until you fuckers came along. I hope you're happy now that I'm goddamn dead. Signed, The Corpse in This Room. P.S: Fuck you people!"
    - George Carlin in Life is worth losing, explaining how a suicide note should be.

    March 19, 2009

  • "The Army recorded it highest ever number of suicides last year, with 115 soldiers killing themselves, Reuters reports. The rate is staying high this year, with 38 soldier suicides so far. The military said the statistics showed no direct link between the increase in suicides and repeated deployments to combat zones—but admitted the stresses of war were taking their toll."
    - 'Soldier Suicides Set Record', newser.com, 30 May 2008.

    September 30, 2008

  • Not insightful, not necessary either.

    July 31, 2008

  • I'm no romanticizer of suicide... however, The Sorrows of Young Werther is one of my all-time favorite books. I can no longer think or hear of suicide without young beloved Werther coming to mind.

    July 31, 2008

  • Not funny. Not clever either.

    July 31, 2008

  • A logical conclusion to an illogical life.

    July 31, 2008

  • Yeah. I guess if you're that afraid of dying, then dying might cure that fear. And everything else you'll ever experience.

    March 3, 2008

  • That reminds me of an HP Lovecraft story in which the protagonist, having acquired the ability to peer into the future, sees himself lying helplessly in a vegetative state. To prevent this from happening, he decides to take his life by shooting himself in the head. The attempt is not successful, though--his wounds put him into a vegetative state...

    March 3, 2008

  • From a suicide note: 'Action cures fear, they taught me. To overcome your fear do the thing that you are afraid of. I was afraid of dying'.

    March 3, 2008

  • “Razors pain you; rivers are damp; acids stain you; and drugs cause cramp. Guns aren't lawful; nooses give; gas smells awful; you might as well live.�?

    --Dorothy Parker

    July 2, 2007