Definition of euthanasia in English:


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  • 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.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It would be involuntary, active euthanasia if the patient were not consulted and her wishes were not known.’
    • ‘Critics of this decision will say that it represents a further step towards the legal recognition of euthanasia.’
    • ‘To do otherwise, they claim, would be tantamount to active euthanasia, and this they see as morally wrong.’
    • ‘Dispel any ideas of choice this title conveys: euthanasia cannot be selected like a pub or restaurant.’
    • ‘An estimated 3600 cases of voluntary euthanasia are carried out each year in the Netherlands.’
    • ‘He explained that this is why the association supports training doctors to understand 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.’
    • ‘This was the reason for his resolute opposition to stem cell research, abortion and euthanasia.’
    • ‘Legalising voluntary euthanasia will be one step nearer having a truly civilised society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Early on, he and his family began to talk gently about the possibility of euthanasia.’
    • ‘It was not a step towards euthanasia or suicide, which remain illegal.’
    • ‘The subject of euthanasia is a complex one, it is one which no politician or medical expert should make.’
    • ‘How can euthanasia be murder if a person just wants to slip away with dignity and wants to end their suffering?’
    mercy killing, assisted suicide, physician-assisted suicide
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/ˌyo͞oTHəˈnāZH(ē)ə/ /ˌjuθəˈneɪʒ(i)ə/ /ˌyo͞oTHəˈnāzēə/ /ˌjuθəˈneɪziə/


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