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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. leniency

    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.

    Synonyms:
    benevolence, benignity, blessing, clemency, compassion, favor, forbearance, forgiveness, gentleness, grace, kindness, lenience, lenity, mercy, mildness, pardon, pardon, pity, tenderness

    Antonyms:
    cruelty, hardness, harshness, implacability, justice, penalty, punishment, revenge, rigor, severity, sternness, vengeance

    Preposition:
    The mercy of God to or toward sinners; have mercy on or upon one.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lenience, leniency, mildness, lenitynoun

    mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant

    Synonyms:
    clemency, gentleness, mildness, softness, lenience, lenity, indulgence

  2. indulgence, lenience, leniencynoun

    a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone

    "too much indulgence spoils a child"

    Synonyms:
    mildness, self-indulgence, foolery, pampering, lenience, tomfoolery, indulging, indulgence, humoring, lunacy, folly, craziness, lenity

  3. lenience, leniencynoun

    lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers

    Synonyms:
    lenity, indulgence, mildness, lenience

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  1. leniencynoun

    Synonyms:
    clemency, mildness, lenity, mercy, tenderness, gentleness, forbearance

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How to use leniency in a sentence?

  1. Hippocrates:

    it would not be a good impression that even the heads can be lax because of Company’s leniency

  2. Tom Schwartz:

    The Russian judicial system might enjoy giving her slightly less and taking some credit for showing some leniency, but I don't think we're talking about her being released, judging Vladimir Putin has proven to be a very mistake-filled passion on the part of Western analysts who thought he wouldn't invade [Ukraine], thought he wouldn't do this, and he does these things. So he might surprise us again.

  3. Prof.Salam Al Shereida:

    With leniency and compassion I share my soul with the world.

  4. Jeff Kane:

    They said, 'If you don't start telling the truth, we're going to offer you or your boyfriend the chance to tell the truth, and whoever goes first will get leniency,' i believe when the truth comes out, people are going to look at each other and say, 'That is the most horrific story I've ever heard. I can't imagine what she's gone through.'.

  5. Alex Capri:

    No Chinese company can openly challenge the Chinese Communist Party and expect leniency, [Didi] is too big and too powerful for its own good and its has already crossed a threshold with China's leadership.


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