Suicide Su"i*cide, n. [L. sui of one's self (akin to suus one's own) + caedere to slay, to kill. Cf. {So}, adv., {Homicide}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. One guilty of self-murder; a felo-de-se. [1913 Webster]

3. Ruin of one's own interests. ``Intestine war, which may be justly called political suicide.'' --V. Knox. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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