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Definition of Euthanasia

(noun) The intentional and typically painless killing of an individual or animal to end suffering.

Euthanasia Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide


  • American English – eu·tha·na·sia
  • British English – eu·than·asia

Audio Pronunciation

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /yoo-thuh-nAY-zhuh/
  • British English – /yoo-thuh-nAY-ziuh/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˌjuθəˈneɪʒə/
  • British English – /juːθəˈneɪzɪə/

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Works Consulted

Brym, Robert J., and John Lie. 2007. Sociology: Your Compass for a New World. 3rd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Henslin, James M. 2012. Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. 10th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Hughes, Michael, and Carolyn J. Kroehler. 2011. Sociology: The Core. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Macionis, John. 2012. Sociology. 14th ed. Boston: Pearson.

Ravelli, Bruce, and Michelle Webber. 2016. Exploring Sociology: A Canadian Perspective. 3rd ed. Toronto: Pearson.

Thompson, William E., and Joseph V. Hickey. 2012. Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology. 7th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Cite the Definition of Euthanasia

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “euthanasia.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 18, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/euthanasia/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

euthanasia. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/euthanasia/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “euthanasia.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 18, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/euthanasia/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“euthanasia.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/euthanasia/>.