MAiD in Hell

MAiD in Hell

EUTHANASIA: n. “a gentle and easy death”

Derived from Greek, euthanasia is formed by adding the prefix eu- (“good” or “well”) to Thanatos (the personification of death in Greek mythology). The meaning is simply, “a good death.”

The True “Good Death”

The first example offered by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) from 1646 is a clearly Christian usage: “But let me prescribe and commend to thee, my son, this true spiritual means of thine happy Euthanasia.” The author is speaking of the “good death” that every Christian anticipates. The usage presupposes a life that has endured suffering through...


is a retired secondary teacher of English and philosophy. For forty years he challenged students to dive deep into the classics of the Western canon, to think and write analytically, and to find the cultural constants reflected throughout that literature, art, and thought.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #67, Winter 2023 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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