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[soo-uh-sahyd-l] /ˌsu əˈsaɪd l/
pertaining to, involving, or suggesting suicide.
tending or leading to suicide.
foolishly or rashly dangerous:
He drives at a suicidal speed.
Origin of suicidal
1770-80; suicide + -al1
Related forms
suicidally, adverb
pseudosuicidal, adjective
unsuicidal, adjective
unsuicidally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for suicidal
  • Dolphins are known to hurl themselves up onto beach rocks in a suicidal frenzy to escape the mammal-hunting orcas.
  • Others argue vehemently that it's suicidal not to do so.
  • We know that people are more suicidal, engage in more domestic violence, and tend to drink more during these times.
  • Describes his subsequent risk-taking suicidal behavior.
  • The suicidal mood, of course, does not give ready entrance to alternatives and that brings us back to our first point.
  • US politicians have been playing this astonishing, suicidal game for months now.
  • The significance is that they thought the war was suicidal but were still ready to go ahead without complaint.
  • Top challenger blatantly suicidal and feared by all.
  • The rumination of depression is irrational, paranoid and morbid to the point of suicidal ideation and suicidal attempts.
  • In fact, roughly one third to two thirds of suicidal teens do not reveal past attempts to anyone.
British Dictionary definitions for suicidal


/ˌsuːɪˈsaɪdəl; ˌsjuː-/
involving, indicating, or tending towards suicide
liable to result in suicide: a suicidal attempt
liable to destroy one's own interests or prospects; dangerously rash
Derived Forms
suicidally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for suicidal

1777, from suicide + -al (1). Related: Suicidally.

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suicidal in Medicine

suicidal su·i·cid·al (sōō'ĭ-sīd'l)

  1. Of or relating to suicide.

  2. Likely to attempt suicide.

su'i·cid'al·ly adv.
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