euthanasia
noun Etymology: Greek, easy death, from euthanatos, from eu- + thanatos death — more at Thanatos Date: 1869 the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy • euthanasic adjective

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  • euthanasia — eu·tha·na·sia /ˌyü thə nā zhə/ n: the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured persons in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy – called also mercy killing; eu·tha·na·sic / nā zik, sik/ adj Merriam …   Law dictionary

  • EUTHANASIA — EUTHANASIA, term denoting the action of inducing gentle and easy death, first used by the British moral historian W.E.H. Lecky in 1869. Among advocates of this measure to terminate the life of sufferers from incurable or painful disease are many… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Euthanasia — • From Greek eu, well, and thanatos, death, easy, painless death Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Euthanasia     Euthanasia     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Euthanasia — Eu tha*na si*a . [NL., fr. Gr. ?; e y^ well + ? death, ?, ?, to die: cf. F. euthanasie.] 1. An easy death; a mode of dying to be desired. An euthanasia of all thought. Hazlitt. [1913 Webster] The kindest wish of my friends is euthanasia.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • euthanasia — c.1600, from Gk. euthanasia an easy or happy death, from eu good (see EU (Cf. eu )) + thanatos death (see THANATOLOGY (Cf. thanatology)). Sense of legally sanctioned mercy killing is first recorded in English 1869 …   Etymology dictionary

  • euthanasia — euthanasia, active/passive …   Philosophy dictionary

  • euthanasia — [n] mercy killing assisted suicide, putting out of misery*; concept 252 …   New thesaurus

  • euthanasia — ► NOUN ▪ the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable disease or in an irreversible coma. ORIGIN from Greek eu well + thanatos death …   English terms dictionary

  • euthanasia — [yo͞o΄thə nā′zhə, yo͞o΄thə nā′zhē ə, yo͞o΄thə nā′zē ə] n. [Gr, painless, happy death < eu (see EU ) + thanatos, death: see DULL] 1. Now Rare an easy and painless death 2. act or practice of causing death painlessly, so as to end suffering:… …   English World dictionary

  • Euthanasia — For mercy killings performed on animals, see Animal euthanasia. Part of a series on …   Wikipedia

  • Euthanasia — The word euthanasia comes straight out of the Greek eu , goodly or well + thanatos , death = the good death and for 18th century writers in England that was what euthanasia meant, a good death, a welcome way to depart quietly and well from life.… …   Medical dictionary

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