mercy killing

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mercy killing

n.
Euthanasia.

mercy killing

See euthanasia, def 1.
A popular term for the termination of a person’s life as a humane act

mercy killing

Medical ethics The termination of a person's life as a humane act. See Euthanasia.

mer·cy kill·ing

(mĕr'sē kil'ing)
The intentional putting to death of a person with an incurable or painful disease, intended as an act of mercy.
Compare: euthanasia

mercy killing

EUTHANASIA.

mercy killing

the euthanasia of animals for humane reasons is regarded by the veterinary profession as one of its responsibilities to the animal population. When the animal is in a great deal of pain and there is no chance of a favorable outcome, it is thought that the veterinarian is required to carry out euthanasia. In most Western countries this is enshrined in legislation relating to the protection of animals against cruelty. In awkward situations, e.g. when the owner resists or is not available to give consent to euthanasia, it is prudent to get another veterinary opinion if that is possible.
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He gave corners when there were none, refused them when they clearly should have been awarded, failed to spot more than a few blatant fouls on both sides and then the coup de grace - missing one of the clearest offsides you'll ever see at the Irish goal.
C'est l'explosion de joie dans les gradins ou les quelques supporters algeriens ayant fait le deplacements en Guinee-Equatoriale n'ont pas cesse de manifester leur joie d'autant que Slimani allait porter le coup de grace (83'), scellant definitivement la victoire des Verts.
Le coup de grace apres l'annonce d'une forte hausse de la TVA, touchant les menages qui peinent deja a joindre les deux bouts dans un pays oE un actif sur quatre est au chomage, mais aussi plusieurs secteurs economiques comme le tourisme ou l'automobile.
Un coup de maitre puisque c'est Jfar qui a donne le coup de grace a l'equipe du MAS dans les derniers instants du match (89e).
Luke Corbett came off the bench to add a third from a free-kick 17 minutes from time and Mitchell Piggon provided the coup de grace with his 16th goal of the season in stoppage time.
As the game went into added time the ball broke to McManus who delivered the coup de grace, much to the delight of the travelling supporters.
Eastmond was denied a second try by the video ref - then came Smith's crucial score and Sinfield's coup de grace.
But in a barnstorming finish, the Blue and Blacks completed the coup de grace when Howells sprinted clear on halfway for corner try.
MARLON Harewood celebrates his coup de grace as Villa get back to winning ways in style.
Having followed the progress of the trial, I kept waiting for the prosecution coup de grace to be delivered.
Having spent the past four years producing every form of property show you could think of, they've now come up with the coup de grace.
Whelan added the coup de grace with a fine individual goal.