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mercy killing

n.
Euthanasia.

mercy killing

n
(Medicine) another term for euthanasia

eu•tha•na•sia

(ˌyu θəˈneɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə)

n.
Also called mercy killing. the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding medical measures from a person or animal suffering from an incurable, esp. a painful, disease or condition.
[1640–50; < New Latin < Greek euthanasía easy death]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mercy killing - the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)mercy killing - the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life
Translations

mercy killing

neutanasia

mercy killing

n eutanasia, muerte piadosa
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MEPs call for respect of human rights in the Maldives, ending of torture practises on detainees in Sudan and of mercy killings in Uganda.
It's a big test case for mercy killings and, inevitably Clive and Martha, pictured, find themselves on opposing sides in the courtroom as they now seem to be the only two barristers in London.
Ariel Acevedo, 46, and Marcelo Pereira, 40, admitted injecting air and morphine into the bloodstreams of 16 victims in what the men claimed were mercy killings, police said.
New Delhi, June 21 (ANI): The impoverished family of Indian conjoined twins, Saba and Fahar Shakeel, have sought the help of the Indian government to carry out mercy killings on them to release the twins from their increasing physical agony.
IT SADDENS me the way Adrian Goldberg (Mail, January 28) and others in the media seek to create confusion on the subject of mercy killings, thus denying any real objective debate on the issue of assisted suicide.
Eldest son Alex, 26, called for mercy killings to be dealt with under separate laws to murder.
Jacob Wragg's death at his father's hand has highlighted the controversial question of mercy killings and euthanasia.
Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, said mercy killings would continue until the law was changed to give the terminally ill the right to die.
org/docs/battlefieldPR1204.html (press release on "mercy killings" in Iraq), http://www.notdeadyet.org/docs/equ allivesUCPeditorial0405.html (article by the executive director of the Arc of the United States and me), and http://www.notdeadyet.org/docs/Cole manCongTestmy041905.html (congressional testimony by Diane Coleman in front of the House Subcommittee).
The movie is an artful attempt to normalize assisted suicide, and its unmistakable message is "Better dead than disabled." Many of us who oppose euthanasia fear the general public is being slowly yet efficiently trained to see such "final solutions" to human vulnerability as mercy killings.
We all know about mercy killings and that some doctors are helping patients to die.
The commission said it was incorrect to roll all types of murder, from serial killings to mercy killings, into one single category.