Definition of euthanasia in English:


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


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.
More 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.


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

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