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euthanasia Syllabification: eu·tha·na·sia
Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞oTHəˈnāZH(ē)ə/

Definition of euthanasia in English:


The painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. The practice is illegal in most countries.
Example sentences
  • Once the disease reaches this stage, euthanasia or mercy killing is the only recourse.
  • This separation has not resulted in moral desensitisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia.
  • Forty per cent of the doctors said they had been asked by patients to assist in their suicide or in euthanasia.
mercy killing, assisted suicide
rare quietus


Early 17th century (in the sense 'easy death'): from Greek, from eu 'well' + thanatos 'death'.

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