Suicide vs Electrocution - What's the difference?

suicide | electrocution |

As nouns the difference between suicide and electrocution

is that suicide is (uncountable) intentional killing of oneself, as a kind of action or social phenomenon while electrocution is the accidental death or suicide by electric shock.

As a verb suicide

is to kill oneself intentionally.



  • (uncountable) Intentional killing of oneself.
  • * 1904 , , The Man On The Box , ch. 22:
  • The cowardice of suicide was abhorrent to him.
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  • (countable) A particular instance of a person intentionally killing himself or herself, or of multiple people doing so.
  • * 1919 , , The Secret House , ch. 14:
  • There had been half a dozen mysterious suicides which had been investigated by Scotland Yard.
  • * 1999 , Philip H. Melling, Fundamentalism in America: Millennialism, Identity and Militant Religion , Edinburgh University Press, ISBN 978-0-7486-0978-9, page 192:
  • In this way the community were not only escaping the threat of ‘global destruction’, they were hurling themselves directly into ‘the lap of God’, using their suicide as a way of ‘bridging the chasm’ between an earthly world which had no future and ‘a thousand years of unmitigated peace’.
  • (countable) A person who has intentionally killed him/herself.
  • * 1915 , , Of Human Bondage , ch. 95:
  • "I remember one suicide ," she said to Philip, "who threw himself into the Thames."
  • (figuratively) An action which could have the literal or figurative death of a person or organization as its consequence, although death is not the aim of the action.
  • * 1959 , , in the Congressional Record , Feb. 9, page 2100:[]
  • I do not want the Congress or the country to commit fiscal suicide on the installment plan.
  • * 2000 , Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, The Ice Limit (ISBN 0446525871):
  • “Mr. Glinn,” said Britton, “it's suicide to take a huge ship like this past the Ice Limit. Especially in this weather.”
  • * 2004 , Robert D. Lock, Job Search: Career Planning Guide (ISBN 0534574211), page 24:
  • it's suicide to change jobs in mid-career.
  • (countable) A beverage combining all available flavors at a soda fountain.
  • * 1994 , Christopher Buckley, Cruising State: Growing Up in Southern California , University of Nevada Press, ISBN 0-87417-247-0, page 34:
  • You could sit at a corner and order your Suicide , and one of two twin brothers who worked there would hold an old-fashioned soda glass, a heavy tall V-shaped one with a round foot at the bottom, and go down the line with one shot of everything—cherry, lemon, Coke, and chocolate syrups—before adding soda water.
  • * 2000 , , For God, Country and Coca-Cola , Basic Books, ISBN 0-465-05468-4, page 15:
  • Using Coca-Cola as a base, a suicide called for the addition of every other flavor available.
  • A diabolo trick where one of the sticks is released and allowed to rotate 360° round the diabolo until it is caught by the hand that released it.
  • (countable) A run comprising a series of sprints of increasing lengths, each followed immediately by a return to the start, with no pause between one sprint and the next.
  • The coach makes us run suicides at the end of each basketball practice.
  • A children's game of throwing a ball against a wall and at other players, who are eliminated by being struck.
  • Synonyms

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    Derived terms

    * * Chinese suicide (diabolo trick) * infinite suicides (diabolo trick) * mass suicide * murder-suicide * suicidal * suicide attack, suicide attacker * suicide bomb, suicide bomber, suicide bombing * suicide king * suicide mission * suicide note * suicide pact


  • To kill oneself intentionally.
  • * 1917 , (Lucy Maud Montgomery), Anne's House of Dreams , ch. 11:
  • "Her husband suicided three years ago. Just like a man!"
  • * 1953 , (Raymond Chandler), The Long Goodbye , Penguin 2010, page 136:
  • Seems a lady poet suicided at Verringer's ranch in Sepulveda canyon one time.
  • To kill (someone) and make their death appear to have been a suicide rather than a homicide (now especially as part of a conspiracy).
  • * 1874 , The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art , page 315:
  • What genius but the Irish would have thought of a sow "gladiatoring her way" through the briars and furze; or of her pursuer calling out to her that if she didn't stop she would be "suicided by that holly-tree"?
  • * 1898 October 29, in Punch, or the London charivari , page 196:
  • Have bought The Shanghai Chopsticks''. Proprietor at first refused to sell, but when I ordered the boiling oil he became more reasonable. Editor reports that circulation is not what it ought to be. Will publish proclaimation, "Any person found not in possession of ''The Shanghai Chopsticks (current number) will be suicided. "
  • * 2011 , Tobias Jones, White Death (ISBN 0571275907), page 273:
  • Even if he did get charged, he would be suicided long before he could involve one of the city's most important politicians in the scam.



    * top oneself * commit suicide * do oneself in * self-kill

    See also

    * hara-kiri * kamikaze * seppuku ----



    (en noun)
  • The accidental death or suicide by electric shock.
  • Deliberate execution by electric shock, usually involving an electric chair.
  • (informal, deprecated) A severe electric shock, whether fatal or not.
  • Usage notes

    Formally, the words electrocution'' and ''electrocute'' imply fatality. Informally, however, these terms are sometimes used to refer to serious but ''nonfatal electric shocks''. Preferred usage is to normally reserve ''electrocution'' for fatal electric shocks, and to use ''shock'' or ''electric shock for nonfatal ones.

    See also

    * execution