Definition A type of execution in which suicide is completed as an alternative to unacceptable options–e.g., torture, harm to one’s family, dishonour.
Examples, forced suicides
• Socrates–for corrupting Athens’ youth
• Erwin Rommel–for alleged participation in plot to kill Adolf Hitler
• Sati–widows in ancient India
• Samurai–Asano Naganori in Edo period, Japan
Synonym Involuntary suicide