Main definitions of autocide in English

: autocide1autocide2autocide3

autocide1

noun

rare
  • A person who kills himself or herself.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in David Person (fl. 1635). From auto- + -cide (hence an early hybrid formation, showing an element ultimately of Greek origin combined with one ultimately of Latin origin).

Pronunciation

autocide

/ˈɔːtə(ʊ)sʌɪd/

Main definitions of autocide in English

: autocide1autocide2autocide3

autocide2

noun

US
  • 1Death caused by or involving a motor vehicle, especially a car; specifically suicide committed by deliberately crashing one's car; an instance of this.

  • 2humorous Chiefly humorous. The destruction or ‘killing’ of a car.

Origin

1920s. From auto- + -cide. In the specific uses with reference to suicide, after suicide.

Pronunciation

autocide

/ˈɔːtə(ʊ)sʌɪd/

Main definitions of autocide in English

: autocide1autocide2autocide3

autocide3

noun

Biology
  • Autocidal control of insects.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in Journal Agriculture. From auto- + -cide.

Pronunciation

autocide

/ˈɔːtə(ʊ)sʌɪd/