[yoo-thuh-ney-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]
- Also called mercy killing. the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially a painful, disease or condition.
- painless death.
Origin of euthanasia
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Examples from the Web for euthanasia
In its own press release, the clinic says: “The figures over 2013 show a strong growth of euthanasia in these groups.”
Just a few weeks ago, Belgium broadened its existing law to include the possibility of euthanasia for children of all ages.
Last year 749 people came to the Life-Ending Clinic with a euthanasia request, of which 133 were granted.
Particularly disturbing, however, is that the reasoning behind this cult of euthanasia is thoroughly sound.Preventing Suffering Through Promoting Death
April 5, 2012
They define "no-kill" as a euthanasia rate of not more than 10 per cent.PETA Kills Bunnies (Updated with PETA Response)
March 22, 2012
Not in euthanasia, but in torment of mind should the guilty atone.Scaramouche
His going out was an euthanasia, for he was in love and heard nothing.Beasts, Men and Gods
When I am too old to work and ready for euthanasia I shall have you come and talk me to death.Greener Than You Think
Kennon shuddered, thinking of the euthanasia chambers on Otpen One.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
In August, 1900, came the euthanasia for which he had longed.Egoists
- the act of killing someone painlessly, esp to relieve suffering from an incurable illnessAlso called: mercy killing
C17: via New Latin from Greek: easy death, from eu- + thanatos death
Word Origin and History for euthanasia
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment.
- A quiet, painless death.
- The act or practice of painlessly ending the life of an animal or a willing individual who has a terminal illness or incurable condition, as by giving a lethal drug.
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Painlessly putting someone to death — usually someone with an incurable and painful disease; mercy killing.
Proposals to make euthanasia legal in the United States have inspired heated debate.
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