One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
mercy killing, assisted suicide, physician-assisted suicideView synonyms
- ‘This was the reason for his resolute opposition to stem cell research, abortion and euthanasia.’
- ‘It was not a step towards euthanasia or suicide, which remain illegal.’
- ‘An estimated 3600 cases of voluntary euthanasia are carried out each year in the Netherlands.’
- ‘Critics of this decision will say that it represents a further step towards the legal recognition of euthanasia.’
- ‘At the end of the lifespan, one way that the body may be killed or that natural death may be hastened is through euthanasia.’
- ‘The subject of euthanasia is a complex one, it is one which no politician or medical expert should make.’
- ‘Early on, he and his family began to talk gently about the possibility of euthanasia.’
- ‘How can euthanasia be murder if a person just wants to slip away with dignity and wants to end their suffering?’
- ‘This separation has not resulted in moral desensitisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia.’
- ‘Are there any parallels between euthanasia in animals and the discussions about euthanasia in humans?’
- ‘This would increase medical involvement and might be considered as moving towards euthanasia.’
- ‘Forty per cent of the doctors said they had been asked by patients to assist in their suicide or in euthanasia.’
- ‘It would be involuntary, active euthanasia if the patient were not consulted and her wishes were not known.’
- ‘Dispel any ideas of choice this title conveys: euthanasia cannot be selected like a pub or restaurant.’
- ‘The message for everyone is that the debate about euthanasia must be continued.’
- ‘This role was not excluded but fell outside the criteria of care for euthanasia.’
- ‘To do otherwise, they claim, would be tantamount to active euthanasia, and this they see as morally wrong.’
- ‘Once the disease reaches this stage, euthanasia or mercy killing is the only recourse.’
- ‘He explained that this is why the association supports training doctors to understand euthanasia.’
- ‘Legalising voluntary euthanasia will be one step nearer having a truly civilised society.’
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘easy death’): from Greek, from eu ‘well’ + thanatos ‘death’.
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