English Synonyms and Antonyms
Mercy is the exercise of less severity than one deserves, or in a more extended sense, the granting of kindness or favor beyond what one may rightly claim. Grace is favor, kindness, or blessing shown to the undeserving; forgiveness, mercy, and pardon are exercised toward the ill-deserving. Pardon remits the outward penalty which the offender deserves; forgiveness dismisses resentment or displeasure from the heart of the one offended; mercy seeks the highest possible good of the offender. There may be mercy without pardon, as in the mitigation of sentence, or in all possible alleviation of necessary severity; there may be cases where pardon would not be mercy, since it would encourage to repetition of the offense, from which timely punishment might have saved. Mercy is also used in the wider sense of refraining from harshness or cruelty toward those who are in one's power without fault of their own; as, they besought the robber to have mercy. Clemency is a colder word than mercy, and without its religious associations, signifying mildness and moderation in the use of power where severity would have legal or military, rather than moral sanction; it often denotes a habitual mildness of disposition on the part of the powerful, and is matter rather of good nature or policy than of principle. Leniency or lenity denotes an easy-going avoidance of severity; these words are more general and less magisterial than clemency; we should speak of the leniency of a parent, the clemency of a conqueror. Compare PITY.
The mercy of God to or toward sinners; have mercy on or upon one.
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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"
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The Governor deeply values input from any victims involved in the case at issue, and takes every effort to obtain that input in the most victim-centered and trauma-informed way possible, to that end, in seriously considering any clemency application, the Governor’s Office will reach out to the respective District Attorney’s office to obtain their input and any input from victims––as we have done in this case––well before making any decision to release someone from custody. Our office relies on the DA’s offices to accurately represent information to victims; it is unfortunate that misinformation appears to have been communicated in this case.
Family and friends have long sought clemency for Mr. Patrick Nolan, alongside notable advocates like former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and author Arnold Steinberg, in light of these facts, Patrick Nolan is entirely deserving of this Grant of Executive Clemency.
I went in … to really talk to the president about Alice Johnson and really explain to him why she would be such a good person to grant clemency to, the president seems to have a passion for what everything that Jared has been trying to do, and that just makes me happy that that conversation is just moving forward.
This constitutional amendment would limit the President's pardon power to grant a pardon or clemency to himself, his family, his administration officials, or his campaign advisors, it would also prevent pardons for conduct undertaken for a direct and significant personal benefit of the President, the President's family, or Administration officials, and for crimes committed in cooperation with the President.Finally, it ensures that pardons issued for a corrupt purpose are invalid.
My heart is bursting, on the eve of my first child's birth, my dad -- who's been in prison nearly my entire life -- was granted clemency. He never intended harm, yet his crime devastated many families. My heart breaks for the families that can never get their loved ones back.
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- leppeys, armo, lempeys, lauhkeusFinnish
- մեղմություն, գթություն, գթասրտությունArmenian
- clementie, genade, mildheidDutch
- îndurare, bunătate, blândețe, clemențăRomanian
- помилование, милосердие, снисходительность, мягкость, пощадаRussian
- благост, попустљивостSerbo-Croatian
- marhamat, rahmdillik, shafqat, mehr, rahmUzbek
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