Definition of suicidal in English:

suicidal

adjective

  • 1Deeply unhappy or depressed and likely to commit suicide.

    ‘far from being suicidal, he was clearly enjoying life’
    • ‘We depend on a drug to help our pain so that we don't get depressed and suicidal.’
    • ‘Trevor, depressed and suicidal, blames Dave for his demise, but is persuaded to work at the Garage and soon becomes the best car salesman in town.’
    • ‘In a rural area, the local psychiatrist once refused my referral of an actively suicidal patient with major depression.’
    • ‘The student studied hard and aced the class, but when Hewitt saw him afterward, he was even more depressed and suicidal than before.’
    • ‘The elder of the two thought Dr William Kerr was the only man with the key to curing the depression that made her suicidal.’
    • ‘Most cancer patients are depressed, some are suicidal.’
    • ‘The most vulnerable detainees, particularly the young, become severely disturbed, depressed and suicidal.’
    • ‘Most frightening is Ressler's transformation - he develops depression verging on suicidal.’
    • ‘It's believed he was depressed and suicidal over fears that rival loyalist inmates were targeting him for murder.’
    • ‘Within a month I had gained more than 10 pounds, had no energy and felt so depressed I was nearly suicidal.’
    • ‘I got so depressed that I became suicidal in various ways.’
    • ‘Fifty years ago, almost all gay men and women were closeted, and often they felt guilty and depressed and suicidal.’
    • ‘These open meetings are for people who are suicidal or suffering from depression, panic attacks, shyness, etc and it is anonymous.’
    • ‘Volunteer effort has produced a booklet to help young local people who are depressed or suicidal.’
    • ‘They might suffer with anxiety, depression or even feel suicidal.’
    • ‘After a miserable couple of years where his mood has swung from depressed to suicidal, he is starting to feel more like his old self.’
    • ‘In fact, depressed or suicidal adolescents may be those least likely to obtain help.’
    • ‘Everyone in it is depressed and suicidal, even the kids are pretty morbid.’
    • ‘A year ago I arrived at her door sad, depressed, suicidal, and tormented by my demons.’
    • ‘So when he became depressed and suicidal, it was not out of self-pity.’
    hopeless, desperate, anguished, distressed, broken-hearted, heartbroken, grief-stricken, inconsolable, sorrowing, suicidal, in despair
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or likely to lead to suicide.
      ‘I began to take her suicidal tendencies seriously’
      • ‘Aside from the obvious depression accompanying suicidal ideation, there has to be a sense of panicked hopelessness.’
      • ‘Health advisors are meeting for a second day to look into whether antidepressants increase suicidal tendencies in children.’
      • ‘Any tendency toward suicidal impulse must be carefully evaluated as well.’
      • ‘The benefits of exercise are obvious, but can overexercising be a sign of depression or suicidal inclinations in young women?’
      • ‘According to NACRO, Joseph lived an unsettled childhood and exhibited clear signs of depression and suicidal thoughts.’
      • ‘Furthermore, not all persons who express suicidal intent are depressed, nor do they all necessarily want to end their lives.’
      • ‘Psychological sequelae of rape are many including anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and problems related to relationships and sex.’
      • ‘The window had been screwed shut, presumably to stop people fulfilling any suicidal tendencies.’
      • ‘There is also the risk of liver tumors, kidney damage, strokes, heart disease, and a change in personality that can lead to violence and suicidal tendencies.’
      • ‘Mr. Fitzwilliam said he monitored his wife's mood swings during her treatment on Prozac and believes that it caused suicidal urges which eventually led to her death.’
      • ‘That would involve surveying survivors and suicide prevention workers to create character sketches of people with suicidal tendencies.’
      • ‘All risk factors need to be evaluated and I always ask depressed people directly about suicidal thoughts.’
      • ‘Hugo, who had intended to join his wife, Ida, in Naples but was not welcomed by her, returned to Weimar to spend a winter in a state of suicidal depression.’
      • ‘Throughout my campaign for Dixie's justice, I was plagued with depression and suicidal thoughts.’
      • ‘Learning difficulties, aggressive behaviour, suicidal tendencies and drug abuse are common after effects.’
      • ‘This can naturally get any woman down, causing clinical depression and even suicidal rages against her own body.’
      • ‘It had been claimed that paroxetine could induce agitation and lead to suicidal thoughts.’
      • ‘The reality is, though, a lot of people with major depression have suicidal thoughts and quite a number of them actually take their own lives.’
      • ‘The reality is that suicidal behaviour is usually a last resort when the person feels that all else has failed.’
      • ‘Among the children who have sought our help, there were victims of mental, physical and sexual abuse and also those with suicidal tendency.’
      • ‘For many years I had suffered from depression and suicidal urges.’
    2. 1.2 Likely to have a disastrously damaging effect on oneself or one's interests.
      ‘a suicidal career move’
      • ‘The fact that a new open source competitor called Wordpress is looking really good has to mean that this is a suicidal marketing move.’
      • ‘To attempt breaching the confines of the installation this way was suicidal.’
      • ‘Clay had come to town with a challenge to Liston that was looked on as downright suicidal.’
      • ‘But one thing seems clear: merely resisting change is economically and politically suicidal.’
      • ‘They consider it would be suicidal for Canada to so threaten US interests given Canada's economic dependence on the US.’
      • ‘Ovitz is now a spent force in Hollywood, having travelled from hubris to nemesis in just five years and two suicidal career moves.’
      • ‘Alabama's Republican Governor Bob Riley is either politically suicidal or the bravest chief executive in the country.’
      • ‘He admired her determination, but thought her survival tactics were a bit suicidal at times.’
      • ‘Even if he decides to abandon them, a possibly suicidal move, he has not got the capacity to capture the Rwandan rebels.’
      • ‘To attempt a loop in such a space would be suicidal.’
      • ‘Despite some potentially suicidal defending from Celtic, Hibs failed to pull the game back.’
      • ‘When the opponent is another charging horse, the result would be almost suicidal.’
      • ‘In Germany a revolt by sailors at Kiel, in opposition to a suicidal attempt to engage the British fleet, effectively began the revolution of 1918.’
      • ‘To attempt to do so is at once suicidal, and genocidal.’
      • ‘Pedestrians started walking across main roads without queuing at crossing points, a move that could normally be suicidal.’
      • ‘The government has no democratic mandate to effect such a draconian, even suicidal, change of policy.’
      • ‘Since then, no party has dared to get involved in family planning work, considering it politically suicidal.’
      • ‘It is equally a problem in the reverse; this summer's purchase of Di Canio could be the most brilliant or suicidal move the club has ever made.’
      • ‘He got there in the penultimate over from Fleming but two balls later he pushed to David Fulton at mid-off and was run out attempting a suicidal single.’
      • ‘Sacrificing the rook is suicidal and effectively throws away the game.’

Pronunciation:

suicidal

/ˌso͞oəˈsīdl/