I understand there is the plural "suicides," as in "there were 43 suicides", but that doesn't feel quite right for my use-case.
Specifically, I'm having problems with the sentence "Many suicides had healthy long-term relationships before they committed the final self-destructive act." This just doesn't sound right.
But neither does suicidists: "Many suicidists had healthy long-term relationships before they committed the final self-destructive act??!" Blech.
Is "suicides" the correct plural noun for the use-case I am contemplating? What about Nihilists? Self-murderers? While self-murderers could work, it has a negative stigma associated with it, something I want to avoid.
The suffix "-ist" seems like it should/could work:
- one that performs a (specified) action (cyclist): one that makes or produces a (specified) thing (novelist)
- one that plays a (specified) musical instrument (harpist)
- one that operates a (specified) mechanical instrument or contrivance (automobilist)
- one that specializes in a (specified) art or science or skill (geologist, ventriloquist)
- one that adheres to or advocates a (specified) doctrine or system or code of behavior (socialist, royalist, hedonist) or that of a (specified) individual (Calvinist, Darwinist)
But "suicidist" doesn't sound or feel right. Suicideers? Suiciders? Suicidelum? Suicidators?
"Suiciders" has potential although it sounds like a slang word.