Definitions for Mercyˈmɜr si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mer•cyˈmɜr si(n.)(pl.)-cies.

  1. compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power; compassion or benevolence.

  2. the disposition or discretionary power to be compassionate or forbearing.

  3. an act of kindness, compassion, or favor.

  4. something of good fortune; blessing:

    It was a mercy they weren't hurt.

Idioms for mercy:

  1. at the mercy of,wholly in the power of; subject to.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of mercy:

1125–75; ME merci < OF < L mercēd- (s. of mercēs) wages (LL, ML: heavenly reward), der. of merx goods

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clemency, mercifulness, mercy(noun)

    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. mercifulness, mercy(noun)

    a disposition to be kind and forgiving

    "in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"

  3. mercifulness, mercy(noun)

    the feeling that motivates compassion

  4. mercy(noun)

    something for which to be thankful

    "it was a mercy we got out alive"

  5. mercy(noun)

    alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed

    "distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mercy(noun)ˈmɜr si

    the quality of being kind and forgiving, rather than punishing people

    to show mercy

  2. mercyˈmɜr si

    in a situation where sth or sb has the power to harm you

    a region living at the mercy of cyclones

Wiktionary

  1. mercy(Noun)

    relenting; forbearance to cause or allow harm to another

    She took mercy on him and quit embarrassing him.

  2. mercy(Noun)

    forgiveness or compassion, especially toward those less fortunate.

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

  3. mercy(Noun)

    A tendency toward forgiveness, pity, or compassion

    Mercy is one of his many virtues.

  4. mercy(Noun)

    Instances of forbearance or forgiveness.

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

  5. mercy(Noun)

    A blessing, something to be thankful for.

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

  6. Mercy(ProperNoun)

    , one of the less common Puritan virtue names.

  7. Origin: From merci, from merci (compare merci, mercit), from mercedem, accusative of merces, from merx. Displaced native Middle English are, ore "mercy" (from Old English ar "mercy, grace"), Middle English mildse "mercy, clemency" (from Old English milds, milts "mercy, kindness").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mercy(noun)

    forbearance to inflict harm under circumstances of provocation, when one has the power to inflict it; compassionate treatment of an offender or adversary; clemency

  2. Mercy(noun)

    compassionate treatment of the unfortunate and helpless; sometimes, favor, beneficence

  3. Mercy(noun)

    disposition to exercise compassion or favor; pity; compassion; willingness to spare or to help

  4. Mercy(noun)

    a blessing regarded as a manifestation of compassion or favor

Freebase

  1. Mercy

    Mercy is a broad term that refers to benevolence, forgiveness and kindness in a variety of ethical, religious, social and legal contexts. The concept of a "Merciful God" appears in various religions, including Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Performing acts of mercy as a component of religious beliefs is also emphasized through actions such as the giving of alms, and care for the sick and Works of Mercy. In the social and legal context, mercy may refer both to compassionate behavior on the part of those in power, or on the part of a humanitarian third party, e.g., a mission of mercy aiming to treat war victims.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. mercy

    1. The charity of tyrants. 2. The forgiveness of one scoundrel by another. 3. The culmination of the Will-to-Power and its final apotheosis. 4. A quality which, like soup, the more it is strained the less soup and the more water you have. 5. In war a universal mode of subjugating a people.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Mercy' in Nouns Frequency: #2756


Translations for Mercy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

mercy(noun)

kindness towards a person, especially an enemy, who is in one's power

He showed his enemies no mercy.

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