Definition of Mercy in English :

Define Mercy in English

Mercy meaning in English

Meaning of Mercy in English

Pronunciation of Mercy in English

Mercy pronunciation in English

Pronounce Mercy in English


see synonyms of mercy


1. clemency, mercifulness, mercy

leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice

Example Sentences:
'he threw himself on the mercy of the court'

2. mercifulness, mercy

a disposition to be kind and forgiving

Example Sentences:
'in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband'

3. mercifulness, mercy

the feeling that motivates compassion

4. mercy

something for which to be thankful

Example Sentences:
'it was a mercy we got out alive'

5. mercy

alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed

Example Sentences:
'distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of mercy
noun plural -cies
compassionate treatment of or attitude towards an offender, adversary, etc, who is in one's power or care; clemency; pity
the power to show mercy
to throw oneself on someone's mercy
a relieving or welcome occurrence or state of affairs
his death was a mercy after weeks of pain
4.  at the mercy of

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see synonyms of mercy
nounWord forms: plural ˈmercies
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
imprisonment rather than the death penalty imposed on those found guilty of capital crimes
a disposition to forgive, pity, or be kind
the power to forgive or be kind; clemency
to throw oneself on the mercy of the court
kind or compassionate treatment; relief of suffering
a fortunate thing; thing to be grateful for; blessing
a mercy he wasn't killed
used to express surprise, annoyance, fear, etc.

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of mercy
n. pl. mer·cies
1. Compassionate treatment, especially of those under one's power; clemency.
2. A disposition to be kind and forgiving: a heart full of mercy.
3. Something for which to be thankful; a blessing: It was a mercy that no one was hurt.
4. Alleviation of distress; relief: Taking in the refugees was an act of mercy.

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