• WordNet 3.6
    • n euthanasia the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Euthanasia An easy death; a mode of dying to be desired. "An euthanasia of all thought.""The kindest wish of my friends is euthanasia ."
    • Euthanasia the act or process of putting to death for humane purposes; -- used to refer to the killing of animals in order to relieve or avoid pain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n euthanasia An easy, tranquil death; death of an easy, painless kind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Euthanasia ū-than-ā′zi-a an easy mode of death
    • Euthanasia Also Euthan′asy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. ; e'y^ well + death, , , to die: cf. F. euthanasie,


In literature:

An easy road to excess, convenient Euthanasia for the pleasure seekers singed in the flame, that is the way to improve the race!
"When the Sleeper Wakes" by Herbert George Wells
He has received euthanasia a little sooner, and nothing in his life has become him like the leaving of it.
"The Grey Room" by Eden Phillpotts
Not in euthanasia, but in torment of mind should the guilty atone.
"Scaramouche" by Rafael Sabatini
His going out was an euthanasia, for he was in love and heard nothing.
"Beasts, Men and Gods" by Ferdinand Ossendowski
Illstarred heresiarch' In a Greek watercloset he breathed his last: euthanasia.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Genius itself became a disease, and poetry assisted towards the euthanasia of the Athenians.
"Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Damn it, it's a simple euthanasia.
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
To a doomed race, ignorance is euthanasia, and knowledge is but pain and sorrow.
"The Colonel's Dream" by Charles W. Chesnutt
It was the very euthanasia of establishment.
"A History of American Christianity" by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
Obviously the cure is the elimination of that sixth woman, preferably by euthanasia.
"'Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are!' AND 'Isn't That Just Like a Man!'" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
We've ... well, we have practiced a lot of euthanasia lately.
"Criminal Negligence" by Jesse Francis McComas
Perhaps it was not well That you so spurned his euthanasia.
"Mr. Faust" by Arthur Davison Ficke
Increase of population may supply to slavery its euthanasia in the general prostration of all labor.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
That will be its true euthanasia.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
Nobody enjoys the idea of euthanasia as a security device.
"Gone Fishing" by James H. Schmitz
And perhaps this habit of much travel, and the engendering of scattered friendships, may prepare the euthanasia of ancient nations.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The motion that bore us in daring circles produced a euthanasia of mind and an exaltation of soul.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
When we talk about euthanasia, then, it would be well to ask some of these old people whether they want it or not.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
Priestley, however, seems to have regarded such a death as a form of euthanasia.
"Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume II (of 2)" by Wiliam Cabell Bruce
It is in such cases as this that euthanasia would be useful.
"My Path to Atheism" by Annie Besant

In news:

No Kill movement offers common-sense solutions to mass euthanasia .
Michigan Humane Society's shelter practices examined after euthanasia concerns.
Fairfield County commissioners change dog euthanasia policy.
Rally protests euthanasia at animal shelter.
MU vet school is ending live-dog surgeries, euthanasia .
No-kill: Region's animal shelters, volunteers work to reduce euthanasia rates.
In the Netherlands, euthanasia and assisted suicide have been regulated by law since 2002.
Euthanasia has been openly debated since the 1970s, by doctors, patients, attorneys, judges and politicians.
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Stroke Victim Wins Right to Seek Legal Euthanasia .
Governor Jerry Brown is considering a repeal of the current California euthanasia law, which would guarantee a hastened death for thousands of shelter animals each year.
Euthanasia Spreads in Europe Several nations find themselves far down the slippery slope.
Spay-neuter programs successful as region's euthanasia rates drop.
Pathologist Led One-Man Crusade for Euthanasia .
Hundreds of Adoption Offers for Puppy That Survived Euthanasia .