What does Mercy mean?

Definitions for Mercy
ˈmɜr siMer·cy

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Mercy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clemency, mercifulness, mercynoun

    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, mercynoun

    a disposition to be kind and forgiving

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

  3. mercifulness, mercynoun

    the feeling that motivates compassion

  4. mercynoun

    something for which to be thankful

    "it was a mercy we got out alive"

  5. mercynoun

    alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed

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

Wiktionary

  1. mercynoun

    relenting; forbearance to cause or allow harm to another

    She took mercy on him and quit embarrassing him.

    Etymology: 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").

  2. mercynoun

    forgiveness or compassion, especially toward those less fortunate.

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

    Etymology: 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").

  3. mercynoun

    A tendency toward forgiveness, pity, or compassion

    Mercy is one of his many virtues.

    Etymology: 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").

  4. mercynoun

    Instances of forbearance or forgiveness.

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

    Etymology: 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").

  5. mercynoun

    A blessing, something to be thankful for.

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

    Etymology: 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").

  6. Mercynoun

    A female given name from English, one of the less common Puritan virtue names.

    Mr Pecksniff was a moral man — a grave man, a man of noble sentiments and speech — and he had had her christened Mercy. Mercy! oh, what a charming name for such a pure–souled Being as the youngest Miss Pecksniff! Her sister’s name was Charity. There was a good thing! Mercy and Charity!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mercynoun

    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. Mercynoun

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

  3. Mercynoun

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

  4. Mercynoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mercy

    mėr′si, n. tenderness and forbearance shown in sparing an offender in one's power: a forgiving disposition: clemency: an act of mercy: an undeserved blessing: compassion or benevolence.—adjs. Mer′ciable (Spens.), merciful; Mer′ciful, full of, or exercising, mercy.—adv. Mer′cifully.—n. Mer′cifulness.—v.t. Mer′cify (Spens.), to deal mercifully with, to pity.—adj. Mer′ciless, without mercy: unfeeling: cruel.—adv. Mer′cilessly.—ns. Mer′cilessness, want of mercy; Mer′cy-seat, the seat or place of mercy; the covering of the Jewish Ark of the Covenant: the throne of God.—At the mercy of (another), wholly in the power of; For mercy! or For mercy's sake! an exclamatory appeal to pity; Great mercy=Gramercy; Sisters of mercy, members of female religious communities who tend the sick, &c. [Fr. merci, grace—L. merces, mercedis, pay, in later L. also 'favour.']

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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mercy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mercy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Mercy in a Sentence

  1. Ryan Pack:

    Death With Dignity: I'm writing this quote in regards to the Death With Dignity laws across Michigan, America, and the world. I noticed Michigan failed to pass the Death with Dignity legislation back in 2017. I am a firm believer that everyone should have the right to die when they want so long as it's morally right to do so. Wheather their terminally ill, mentally ill, chronically ill, or they're suffering in some unjust way. Maybe they're suffering because their homeless, poor, or depressed. Maybe they suffer because they have no friends or family and their lonely. Whatever their circumstance is they should have the right to die in a humane way. Only if you have a criminal record or your living an unjust life style should you be excluded from this human right. You don't want criminals and people living unjust life styles being rewarded for their bad behaviors. Any person that commits a crime/ behavior/act that unjustly harms another living life/living should automatically disqualify them from this human right. Death With Dignity is only for those who live just lives. I personally have been disabled since birth. I have a handful of mental illnesses and I also have Mild Antral Gastritis. I'm in pain every day, the pain never stops and it never goes away. I have very limited functioning and and I suffer intensely due to each of my illnesses. It is morally necessary for me to have the option to die when I want and to do it in a humane way. It is the right of all living things who suffer unjust pain to die when they want to. You are not the one suffering I am, and therefore you have no moral ground to tell me when I can and cannot die. You will go home to your families and I will suffer all alone. You will turn your backs on me when I'm at my illest because you lack compassion, respect, integrity, justice and mercy for my circumstance and I will have to suffer for it.You are not a criminal for helping the ill die in a humane way, you are a criminal for letting those who are ill suffer. You are not cruel for helping the ill die, you are only cruel when you sit there and watch people suffer unjust pain and do nothing. It is not a human rights violation to humanely euthanize people when their suffering, however it is a human rights violation when you let them suffer unfair pain. You are not a criminal for humanely euthanizing someone when they're ill and don't want to continue on with their lives, you are only a criminal if you unjustly cause harm to someone's life. You take your dog and cat to the vet when they're ill to euthanize them so they don't suffer. You should show the same compassion, mercy, and respect to your fellow humans as you do for animals. You should show integrity, justice, courage, compassion, mercy, respect, love, and peace to all living things So long as they deserve it.

  2. The Hitopadesa:

    Circumspection in calamity; mercy in greatness; good speeches in assemblies; fortitude in adversity: these are the self-attained perfections of great souls.

  3. David Duncan:

    We've got this continual flow of Covid coming across the border in the form of Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista citizens that carry and continue to escalate and fuel the Covid pressures that we see.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    We are always at the mercy of powers greater than us, even when our power is at its highest level!

  5. Connie Chung to Johnny Carson:

    In all honesty, Johnny, we are often at the mercy of the White House for the news we report. Frequently, we simply repeat verbatim what the White House tells us.

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