Year: 1994 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.24, no.2, (Summer 1994), p.113-126 SIEC No: 19940091

In English speaking societies today the word suicide is the preferred term for self-inflicted death. However, evidence recounted here suggests that the term suicide was first devised by Sir Thomas Browne and first published in his book “Religio Medici” in 1643. Although little used at first, suicide had become established as noun and verb by the mid-18th century and was recognized by inclusion in Johnson’s Dictionary.