Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: sui 'of oneself' + English -cide


su‧i‧cide [uncountable and countable]
1 the act of killing yourself:
More people commit suicide at Christmas than at any other time.
My mother attempted suicide on many occasions.
He apparently left a suicide note (=letter explaining his reasons for killing himself).
see usage note kill1

political/economic suicide

something you do that ruins your good position in politics or the economy:
He said a vote for Labour would be a vote for economic suicide.

suicide attack/mission/bombing etc

an attack etc in which the person who carries out the attack deliberately kills himself or herself in the process of killing other people

suicide by cop

American English an occasion when someone deliberately threatens a police officer in order to make the police officer shoot, as a way of commiting suicide

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