mercy Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
- he threw himself on the mercy of the court
noun a disposition to be kind and forgiving
- in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband
noun the feeling that motivates compassion
noun something for which to be thankful
- it was a mercy we got out alive
noun alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed
- distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy
Forbearance to inflict harm under circumstances of provocation, when one has the power to inflict it; compassionate treatment of an offender or adversary; clemency.
Examples of justice must be made for terror to some; examples of mercy for comfort to others. Bacon.
Compassionate treatment of the unfortunate and helpless; sometimes, favor, beneficence.Luke x. 37.
Disposition to exercise compassion or favor; pity; compassion; willingness to spare or to help.
In whom mercy lacketh and is not founden. Sir T. Elyot.
A blessing regarded as a manifestation of compassion or favor.
The Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. 2 Cor. i. 3.
Syn. -- See Grace.