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Meaning of MERCY

Pronunciation:  'mursee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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. [n]  alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed; "distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"
  3. [n]  a disposition to be kind and forgiving; "in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"
  4. [n]  the feeling that motivates compassion
  5. [n]  something for which to be thankful; "it was a mercy we got out alive"

MERCY is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: clemency, mercifulness, mercifulness, mercifulness
 Antonyms: mercilessness, unmercifulness
 See Also: amnesty, blessing, boon, commutation, compassion, compassion, compassionateness, forgiveness, forgivingness, free pardon, humaneness, kindness, lenience, lenience, leniency, leniency, lenity, mildness, ministration, pardon, pity, relief, reprieve, re-sentencing, respite, succor, succour



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mer"cy\, n.; pl. {Mercies}. [OE. merci, F. merci, L.
merces, mercedis, hire, pay, reward, LL., equiv. to
misericordia pity, mercy. L. merces is prob? akin to merere
to deserve, acquire. See {Merit}, and cf. {Amerce}.]
1. Forbearance to inflict harm under circumstances of
   provocation, when one has the power to inflict it;
   compassionate treatment of an offender or adversary;

         Examples of justice must be made for terror to some;
         examples of mercy for comfort to others. --Bacon.

2. Compassionate treatment of the unfortunate and helpless;
   sometimes, favor, beneficence. --Luke x. 37.

3. Disposition to exercise compassion or favor; pity;
   compassion; willingness to spare or to help.

         In whom mercy lacketh and is not founden. --Sir T.

4. A blessing regarded as a manifestation of compassion or

         The Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.
                                               --2 Cor. i. 3.

{Mercy seat} (Bib.), the golden cover or lid of the Ark of
   the Covenant. See {Ark}, 2.

{Sisters of Mercy} (R. C. Ch.),a religious order founded in
   Dublin in the year 1827. Communities of the same name have
   since been established in various American cities. The
   duties of those belonging to the order are, to attend
   lying-in hospitals, to superintend the education of girls,
   and protect decent women out of employment, to visit
   prisoners and the sick, and to attend persons condemned to

{To be at the mercy of}, to be wholly in the power of.

Syn: See {Grace}.

Easton Bible Dictionary

compassion for the miserable. Its object is misery. By the atoning sacrifice of Christ a way is open for the exercise of mercy towards the sons of men, in harmony with the demands of truth and righteousness (Gen. 19:19; Ex. 20:6; 34:6, 7; Ps. 85:10; 86:15, 16). In Christ mercy and truth meet together. Mercy is also a Christian grace (Matt. 5:7; 18:33-35).

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