\sˈuːɪsˌa͡ɪd], \sˈuːɪsˌaɪd], \s_ˈuː_ɪ_s_ˌaɪ_d]\
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s[=u]'i-s[=i]d, n. one who dies by his own hand: self-murder.--adj. S[=U]IC[=I]'DAL, pertaining to, or partaking of, the crime of suicide.--adv. S[=U]IC[=I]'DALLY.--n. SU'ICIDISM, a tendency towards suicide. [Coined from L. sui, of himself, cÃ¦d[)e]re, to kill.]
By Thomas Davidson
The act of killing one's self. Autachiria, Autactonia, Idioctonia, Autaphania. Suicide is very frequently the result of disease of the mind: the individual seeming, at times, to he irresistibly impelled to self-destruction. - Melancholia Suicidium seu autochiria, Suicidal Insanity. Also, one who commits self-murder.
By Robley Dunglison
1. Person who intentionally kills himself; (Law) s. of years of discretion& sane mind. 2. Intentional self-slaughter (in law, as in 1; esp. commit s., kill oneself); action destructive to one\'s own interests or continuance in some capacity (commit political s., ruin one\'s prospects as a politician; race-s., failure of a people to maintain its numbers); hence suicidal a., suicidally adv. [Latin]
By Sir Augustus Henry
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