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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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You can get at one end the outrageous serial killing, at the other end you can get the mercy killing - somebody killing their mongol child for example - which arouses the greatest sympathy."
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Those who argue against euthanasia, doctor-assisted suicide or mercy killing - whatever the name, the outcome is the same - insist it is wrong to take a life.
Ireland's Doctor Death, who claimed to have carried out 50 mercy killings on dying patients, travelled to the Buddhist capital earlier this month in a bid to end his own life by euthanasia.
But the 80-year-old campaigner for mercy killings and abortion has refused to reveal where he will now go to end it all.
Dr Paddy Leahy, 80, pictured, who is believed to have carried out at least 50 mercy killings on dying patients, wants to end his own life by euthanasia in Thailand.
Dr Leahy, of Ballyfermot, has for years spoken out against Irish laws on mercy killings and abortion and claims to have carried out both.
He is thought to have carried out at least 50 mercy killings and will ask a Far East medic to do the same for him.
Dr Leahy, 80, who has spoken out for years against Irish laws on mercy killings and abortion, revealed his plans on television.
A survey of doctors' views on mercy killings has thrown up some startling findings.