What does mercy mean?

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ˈmɜr simer·cy

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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. Paula Somers:

    Please show mercy and give us an opportunity to see our Luke again. He is all that we have.

  2. Kathy McNolte:

    She showed mercy and we need to show that, i'm here for my boys. They need someone to emulate. We need people who are kind and loving and forgiving to look up to.

  3. Donald Trump:

    We grieve for their families, and we ask that God will comfort them with his overflowing mercy and grace.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    God's Grace, Mercy, Wisdom and Insights cannot and will never abound in you until and unless you realize and believe that without him (God) you can do nothing successfully (mark you). -Emeasoba George

  5. Sureshbabu Muthupandi:

    If this isn't a case of emergency, what is ? I can not allow her cremation without seeing her one last time, i am ready to hire a private jet. I beg the authorities, somebody have mercy on me, please let me see my mother one last time.

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