What does merciful mean?

Definitions for merciful
ˈmɜr sɪ fəlmer·ci·ful

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word merciful.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mercifuladjective

    showing or giving mercy

    "sought merciful treatment for the captives"; "a merciful god"

  2. mercifuladjective

    (used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious

    "our merciful king"

Wiktionary

  1. mercifuladjective

    showing mercy

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mercifuladjective

    Compassionate; tender; kind; unwilling to punish; willing to pity and spare.

    Etymology: mercy and full.

    Be merciful, O Lord, unto thy people thou hast redeemed. Deut. xxi. 8.

Wikipedia

  1. merciful

    Mercy (Middle English, from Anglo-French merci, from Medieval Latin merced-, merces, from Latin, "price paid, wages", from merc-, merxi "merchandise") is benevolence, forgiveness, and kindness in a variety of ethical, religious, social, and legal contexts. In the social and legal context, mercy may refer both to compassionate behavior on the part of those in power (e.g. mercy shown by a judge toward a convict), or on the part of a humanitarian third party, e.g., a mission of mercy aiming to treat war victims.

ChatGPT

  1. merciful

    Merciful refers to showing or exercising mercy, which may include compassion, kindness, empathy, or forgiveness towards someone who it is within one's power to punish or harm. It often implies a sense of leniency or forbearance, particularly in the face of injustice or misdeeds.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mercifuladjective

    full of mercy; having or exercising mercy; disposed to pity and spare offenders; unwilling to punish

  2. Mercifuladjective

    unwilling to give pain; compassionate

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of merciful in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of merciful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of merciful in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Smith, Jr.:

    Ever keep in exercise the principle of mercy, and be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance, and asking forgiveness; and should we even forgive our brother, or even our enemy, before he repent or ask forgiveness, our heavenly Father would be equally as merciful unto us.

  2. Harper Lee:

    I never expected any sort of success with 'Mockingbird,' i didn't expect the book to sell in the first place. I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of reviewers, but at the same time I sort of hoped that maybe someone would like it enough to give me encouragement. Public encouragement. I hoped for a little, as I said, but I got rather a whole lot, and in some ways this was just about as frightening as the quick, merciful death I'd expected.

  3. Anna Jameson:

    All my experience of the world teaches me that in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, the safe and just side of a question is the generous and merciful side.

  4. New York:

    So we feel it's only merciful to give our Knicks beat writer, Scott Cacciola, a break from such woeful basketball.

  5. Proverb:

    The court is most merciful when the accused is most rich.

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