commit suicide

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commit suicide (third-person singular simple present commits suicide, present participle committing suicide, simple past and past participle committed suicide)

  1. To kill oneself; to take one's own life.

Usage note[edit]

The conventional verb construction is "to commit suicide", dating from a time when suicide was considered a crime or a sin. Some mental-health advocates deprecate this usage as outdated and stigmatizing; suggested alternatives include "die by suicide", "suicide" (as a verb; an anthimeria), "complete suicide" (a term of art), or rephrasings without the word suicide.