Definition of self-deliverance in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɛlfdɪˈlɪv(ə)rəns/ /ˌsɛlfdɪˈlɪv(ə)r(ə)ns/


  • 1Chiefly in religious contexts: the deliverance or liberation of oneself from a controlling force, as temptation, sin, etc.

  • 2The action or fact of a person who is terminally ill or suffering from an incurable condition voluntarily ending his or her own life, (sometimes) specifically with the assistance of another person; suicide viewed as a deliverance from intolerable suffering.

    Used by advocates of assisted dying to avoid the more negative connotations of suicide.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Obadiah Sedgwick (d. 1658), Church of England clergyman. From self- + deliverance.