mercy killing

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mercy killing

n.
Euthanasia.
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A popular term for the termination of a person’s life as a humane act
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mercy killing

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

EUTHANASIA.
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The coup de grace, said Patrick Young, vice president of merchandising, is the "boutiquey" handpainted accent furniture that will be in stores and promoted in ads beginning in September.
But before delivering that coup de grace, consider this: being constructive, not destructive, may create a whole new boss for the liking.
During the shoot, she adds, Eastwood constantly praised her takes with phrases like "That was perfect" or "Excellent, Doll." Eventually they dubbed her the "one-take wonder." 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."
Among Yourcenar's other works are the short stories collected in Nouvelles orientales (1938; Oriental Tales), the prose poem Feux (1936; Fires), and the short novel Le Coup de grace (1939).
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.
X delivers the coup de grace: Other comments: Computing is a science and should be left to professionals.
Silber, whose mouth is as big and as dirty as Boston Harbor, had remarked invidiously upon all kinds of vulnerable communities, but he seemed to have delivered his own coup de grace when he said he wouldn't take his campaign to the black neighborhood of Roxbury: "There is no point in my making a speech on crime control to a group of drug addicts."
Hibben doubts that acid rain is setting up the trees for a coup de grace administered by the fungus.
Yourcenar is known for her historical novels, particularly Le Coup de grace (1939; translated as Coup de Grace, 1957), the story of a Prussian officer who murders the woman who loves him because he loves her brother, and Memoires d ' Hadrien (1951; translated as Memoirs of Hadrian, 1954).