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euthanasia

eu·tha·na·sia

euthanasia

 
 
pronunciation:
yu th neI zh
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part of speech: noun
definition: the act of putting to a painless death a person or animal suffering from a painful, incurable disease or injury; mercy killing.
Oregon's Death With Dignity Act legalized euthanasia for the terminally ill.
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derivation: euthanasic (adj.)