[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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- 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 pro-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.
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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