self-homicide

homicide

[hom-uh-sahyd, hoh-muh-]
noun
1.
the killing of one human being by another.
2.
a person who kills another; murderer.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Middle French < Latin homicīdium a killing, homicīda killer, equivalent to homi- (combining form of homō man) + -cīdium, -cīda -cide

self-homicide, noun

homicide, kill, manslaughter, murder (see synonym study at kill).
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homicide (ˈhɒmɪˌsaɪd)
 
n
1.  the killing of a human being by another person
2.  a person who kills another
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin homo man + caedere to slay]

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homicide
"killing," c.1230, from O.Fr. homicide, from L. homicidium, from homo "man" + -cidium "act of killing" (see -cide). The meaning "person who kills" is also from O.Fr., from L. homicida, from -cida "killer."
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homicide [(hom-uh-seyed)]

The killing of one person by another, whether intended (murder) or not (manslaughter). Not all homicide is unlawful; killing in self-defense, for example, is not a crime.

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