|suicide (ˈsuːɪˌsaɪd, ˈsjuː-)|
|1.||the act or an instance of killing oneself intentionally|
|2.||the self-inflicted ruin of one's own prospects or interests: a merger would be financial suicide|
|3.||a person who kills himself intentionally|
|4.||(modifier) reckless; extremely dangerous: a suicide mission|
|5.||(modifier) (of an action) undertaken or (of a person) undertaking an action in the knowledge that it will result in the death of the person performing it in order that maximum damage may be inflicted on an enemy: a suicide attack; suicide bomber|
|[C17: from New Latin suīcīdium, from Latin suī of oneself + -cīdium, from caedere to kill]|
"November, the suicide season." [Samuel Foote, "The Bankrupt," 1773]In England, suicides were legally criminal if sane, but not if judged to have been mentally deranged. The criminal ones were given degrading burial in roadways until 1823. Suicidal is from 1777. Suicide blonde first attested 1942. Baseball suicide squeeze is attested from 1955.
suicide su·i·cide (sōō'ĭ-sīd')
The act or an instance of intentionally killing oneself.
One who commits suicide.