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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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To kill oneself by intending death either as the end of one's action or as the means for attaining the end on view. It is always a grave sin, presuming that the person has sufficient use of his faculties to make a full consent of his will. Often equated with the sin of final despair.

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