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Definitions of mercy

  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"
  2. the feeling that motivates compassion
  3. a disposition to be kind and forgiving; " in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"
  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"
  6. Forbearance to inflict harm under circumstances of provocation, when one has the power to inflict it; compassionate treatment of an offender or adversary; clemency.
  7. Compassionate treatment of the unfortunate and helpless; sometimes, favor, beneficence.
  8. Disposition to exercise compassion or favor; pity; compassion; willingness to spare or to help.
  9. A blessing regarded as a manifestation of compassion or favor.
  10. Willingness to forgive, spare, or pity; forbearance; pity; kindness; mildness.
  11. A forgiving disposition: clemency: leniency: tenderness: an act of mercy.
  12. Mildness toward an offender; compassion; clemency.
  13. Mild treatment of an offender; compassion; clemency; charity.
  14. Disposition to pity and forgive or spare; an act of mercy or kindness; good will; clemency; compassion. Sisters of Mercy, ladies bound in religious community, and consecrated to works of mercy.
  15. Pity; compassion; willingness to spare and save; clemency; pardon; discretion, or the power of acting at pleasure, as, he is at his mercy.
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Usage examples for mercy

  1. I can only ask you for mercy." – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
  2. In the garden Annie soon found herself at the mercy of those who had none. – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  3. John Huish, have mercy on me! – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn
  4. That's what I say instead of " Ah, mercy me." – Toward the Gulf by Edgar Lee Masters
  5. Mercy on us, what a noise! – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  6. There was no mercy in them. – The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  7. That is because you have only a vague idea of the cruelty of woman when she has a man at her mercy- and knows it. – A Little Union Scout by Joel Chandler Harris
  8. He went on without mercy. – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  9. What a mercy I've got you safe in the boat! – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  10. He replied, While the child was yet alive, I ate no food and cried aloud, for I said, 'Who knows whether Jehovah will have mercy, so that the child will live? – The Children's Bible by Henry A. Sherman Charles Foster Kent
  11. No, it would not; it would be kindness and mercy; show me the letter- you have it with you. – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  12. Only day before yesterday, he offered you his whole fortune- Madam, stammered Henrietta, have you no mercy? – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  13. God have mercy on her soul! – Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
  14. When a village or town was taken, the women inhabitants were quite at the mercy of the Germans. – My War Experiences in Two Continents by Sarah Macnaughtan
  15. I ask you, then, father, to show them mercy. – Letters of Catherine Benincasa by Catherine Benincasa
  16. God have mercy on us all; the King is dead- dead. – The Justice of the King by Hamilton Drummond
  17. They beat him and beat him till he cried for mercy. – Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales by Anonymous
  18. O Lord, have mercy on us- it's too true! – A Terrible Secret by May Agnes Fleming
  19. I did but show mercy to the fallen, Nurse. – The Lady Of Blossholme by H. Rider Haggard
  20. Have pity on us, sir- mercy! – Mr. Midshipman Easy by Captain Frederick Marryat
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