Definition of Mercy killing

1. Noun. The act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness).

Exact synonyms: Euthanasia
Generic synonyms: Kill, Killing, Putting To Death

Definition of Mercy killing

1. Noun. Euthanasia. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mercy Killing

mercury compounds
mercury deutoiodide
mercury fulminate
mercury isotopes
mercury poisoning
mercury protoiodide
mercury radioisotopes
mercury subsalicylate
mercury thermometer
mercury vapor lamp
mercy bucket
mercy killer
mercy killers
mercy killing (current term)
mercy rule
mercy seat

Literary usage of Mercy killing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Assisted Suicide edited by Michael Bilirakis (1998)
"Actions taken in accordance with this Act shall not, for any purpose, con- L • stitute suicide, assisted suicide, mercy killing or homicide, under the law. ..."

2. Religio Medici: A Letter to a Friend, Christian Morals, Urn-burial, and by Sir Thomas Browne, James Thomas Fields (1862)
"The Turkish emperor, odious for other cruelty, was herein a remarkable master of mercy, killing his favourite in his sleep, and sending him from the ..."

3. The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: The Text Carefully by Adam Clarke (1837)
"... for false 'earing is brought in to confirm lying statements. Lnd when there is no mercy, killing, slaying, ..."

4. The Harleian Miscellany: Or, A Collection of Scarce, Curious, and by William Oldys, John Malham (1809)
"... and speaking of their enemies; and (which was most lamentable) some of them, by way of compassion and mercy, killing their own children and wives. ..."

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