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euthanasia

Line breaks: eu¦than|asia
Pronunciation: /ˌjuːθəˈneɪzɪə
 
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Definition of euthanasia in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma.
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.
Synonyms
mercy killing, assisted suicide, physician-assisted suicide;
merciful release, happy release
rare quietus

Origin

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

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