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Meaning & Definition of Mercy in English

English

Mercy

/mərsi/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • clemency
  • ,
  • mercifulness
  • ,
  • mercy

2. A disposition to be kind and forgiving

  • "In those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"
    synonym:
  • mercifulness
  • ,
  • mercy

3. The feeling that motivates compassion

    synonym:
  • mercifulness
  • ,
  • mercy

4. Something for which to be thankful

  • "It was a mercy we got out alive"
    synonym:
  • mercy

5. Alleviation of distress

  • Showing great kindness toward the distressed
  • "Distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"
    synonym:
  • mercy

Examples of using

"Here's the traitor, Your Majesty!" "Please, Your Omnipotence, have mercy!" "After you've scrubbed all the floors in Hyrule, then we can talk about mercy! Take him away." "Yes, my liege!"
Have mercy on me!
Our seamen have always been famous for a matchless alacrity and intrepidity in time of danger; this has saved many a British ship, when other seamen would have run below deck, and left the ship to the mercy of the waves, or, perhaps, of a more cruel enemy, a pirate.