Definition of mercy killing noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


mercy killing

BrE BrE//ˈmɜːsi kɪlɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrsi kɪlɪŋ//
[countable, uncountable]
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the act of killing somebody out of pity, for example because they are in severe pain synonym euthanasia
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mercy killing