Mercy definitions

mûr'sē
Used to express surprise, annoyance, fear, etc.
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A refraining from harming or punishing offenders, enemies, persons in one's power, etc.; kindness in excess of what may be expected or demanded by fairness; forbearance and compassion.
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Imprisonment rather than the death penalty imposed on those found guilty of capital crimes.
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A disposition to forgive, pity, or be kind.
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The power to forgive or be kind; clemency.

To throw oneself on the mercy of the court.

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Kind or compassionate treatment; relief of suffering.
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A fortunate thing; thing to be grateful for; blessing.

A mercy he wasn't killed.

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Compassionate treatment, especially of those under one's power; clemency.
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A disposition to be kind and forgiving.

A heart full of mercy.

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Something for which to be thankful; a blessing.

It was a mercy that no one was hurt.

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Alleviation of distress; relief.

Taking in the refugees was an act of mercy.

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The definition of mercy is compassionate treatment, having a capacity to forgive or showing kindness.

An example of mercy is giving someone a lighter punishment than they deserve.

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(uncountable) Relenting; forbearance to cause or allow harm to another.

She took mercy on him and quit embarrassing him.

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(uncountable) A tendency toward forgiveness, pity, or compassion.

Mercy is one of his many virtues.

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(uncountable) Forgiveness or compassion, especially toward those less fortunate.

Have mercy on the poor and assist them if you can.

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(countable) Instances of forbearance or forgiveness.

Psalms 40:11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord.

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A blessing, something to be thankful for.

It was a mercy that we were not inside when the roof collapsed.

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(phrasal) Subjugation, power.
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A female given name, one of the less common Puritan virtue names.
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Origin of mercy

From Middle English merci, from Anglo-Norman merci (compare Old French merci, mercit), from Latin mercÄ“dem, accusative of mercÄ“s (“wages, fee, price"), from merx (“wares, merchandise"). Displaced native Middle English are, ore "mercy" (from Old English ār "mercy, grace"), Middle English mildse "mercy, clemency" (from Old English milds, milts "mercy, kindness").