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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The coup de grace came on her last day of shooting.
If not a coup de grace, it would be a real body blow if the Yankees were to leave.
Eager to apply the coup de grace to the free-market position, Fallows adds a new twist to the old arguments.
That was the coup de grace to my lingering Christianity; I knew I would never be a Christian again.
Hibben doubts that acid rain is setting up the trees for a coup de grace administered by the fungus.
Summary: With Italian manager Giuseppe Giannini under mounting pressure and a miserly forward line failing to churn out goals, Lebanon will be wary of suffering a coup de grace when they face Thailand in their final Asia Cup Group B qualifier in Bangkok Wednesday.
En fait, les capes de Halilhodzic n'ont pas su negocier parfaitement les moments forts de leur domination, surtout apres le but egalisateur de Feghouli en debut de seconde mi-temps puisque tour a tour, Slimani puis Soudani manqueront le coup de grace.
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.
Et enfin, Youness El Houassi a donne le coup de grace (67e) a une equipe malienne qui n'arrivait plus a suivre.
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.
Kevin Davies scored a late consolation for Bolton before Louis Saha applied the coup de grace, beating Bogdan from 25 yards with the final kick of the game.
Botham's coup de grace was his spell of five wickets for one run at Edgbaston, which clinched England's third victory in their 3-1 Ashes win.