mercy meaning

[ 'mə:si ] Pronunciation:   "mercy" in a sentence
Noun: mercy  mursee
  1. Leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
    "he threw himself on the mercy of the court"
    - clemency, mercifulness 
  2. A disposition to be kind and forgiving
    - mercifulness 
  3. The feeling that motivates compassion
    - mercifulness 
  4. Something for which to be thankful
    "it was a mercy we got out alive" 
  5. Alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed
    "distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"

Derived forms: mercies

Type of: blessing, boon, compassion, compassionateness, humaneness, lenience, leniency, ministration, relief, succor [US], succour [Brit, Cdn]

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[Law]
n. See PREROGATIVE OF MERCY.

Examples

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  1. the ship was at the mercy of the storm.
  2. he was left to the tender mercies of the landlord.
  3. captain white scourged his crew without mercy.
  4. the quality of mercy is not strained.
  5. we never show mercy to bad people.

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