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Noun: mercy  mur-see
  1. Leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
    "he threw himself on the mercy of the court";
    - clemency, mercifulness
  2. A disposition to be kind and forgiving
    "in those days a wife had to depend on the mercy of her husband";
    - mercifulness
  3. The feeling that motivates compassion
    - mercifulness
  4. Something for which to be thankful
    "it was a mercy we got out alive"
  5. Alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed
    "distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"

Derived forms: mercies

Type of: blessing, boon, compassion, compassionateness, humaneness, lenience, leniency, ministration, relief, succor [US], succour [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Mercy, Severity