Definition of mercy killing in English:

mercy killing

noun

  • The killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease, typically by the administration of large doses of painkilling drugs.

    See also euthanasia
    • ‘A legal test case has defined the limits within which doctors in the Netherlands, especially general practitioners, can agree to a patient's request for mercy killing.’
    • ‘He felt that doctors addressing genuine requests for mercy killing by their patients should not be turned into criminals.’
    • ‘It is important not to confuse nonvoluntary mercy killing with involuntary mercy killing.’
    • ‘Most of the qualified defences have an element of excuse - provocation, diminished responsibility, most duress cases, infanticide, mercy killing, and suicide pacts.’
    • ‘Should we not be told clearly Sikhism's position on mercy killing? assisted suicide?’
    • ‘Once the disease reaches this stage, euthanasia or mercy killing is the only recourse.’
    • ‘Euthanasia is mercy killing, and to be sure it is for the good of the one given final rest.’
    • ‘In extreme circumstances of unbearable agony where others turn to euthanasia or mercy killing, Hindus know the sufferer may refuse food and water.’
    • ‘The defence argues that the death was instead a form of mercy killing, which would carry a maximum five year sentence.’
    • ‘Moreover, Lord Goff specifically rejected the compassionate avoidance of lingering as a defence against mercy killing.’
    • ‘In 2001 the Netherlands became the first country to legalise euthanasia, although doctors had been performing the so-called mercy killing of patients unofficially for some time.’
    • ‘They fundamentally disapprove of mercy killing on religious grounds, and may believe that suffering is God's will and that God alone should determine when life ends.’
    • ‘Euthanasia, mercy killing or call it what you will is helping someone to die when they wish it, without falling foul of the law and being prosecuted.’
    • ‘If passed, the Netherlands will be the first country formally to allow mercy killing.’
    • ‘The British paper Scotland on Sunday related yet another hospital mercy killing.’
    • ‘Also last week, the congress rejected a proposal to decriminalise mercy killing in the country.’
    • ‘The professor, a bio-ethicist and philosopher from Manchester University, was appearing before a House of Lords committee which is investigating proposals to allow mercy killing.’
    • ‘Quite simply, my book contends that most Americans now believe that legalizing either assisted suicide or actual mercy killing would be bad public policy.’
    • ‘In 2002, the first year that the law effectively decriminalising mercy killing came into force, 1882 cases were reported, 172 fewer than in 2001.’
    • ‘She had told relatives that she wanted to die, but Canadian law forbids mercy killing.’

Pronunciation:

mercy killing

/ˈmərsē ˌkiliNG/