eu|tha|na|sia «YOO thuh NAY zhuh», noun.
1. a painless killing, especially to end a painful and incurable disease; mercy killing.
2. an easy, painless death.
3. Figurative. a painless end or extinction: »

Removing the exchange risk in holding sterling…leaves the French in a very weak position to impose a slow euthanasia on the pound, and they know it (Anthony Harris).

[< Greek euthanasíā < eu- good + thánatos death]

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