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Synonyms for merciful
ˈmɜr sɪ fəlmer·ci·ful

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  1. mercifuladjective

    merciless, cruel

  2. mercifuladjective

    cruel, merciless

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. merciful

    Human denotes what pertains to mankind, with no suggestion as to its being good or evil; as, the human race; human qualities; we speak of human achievements, virtues, or excellences, human follies, vices, or crimes. Humane denotes what may rightly be expected of mankind at its best in the treatment of sentient beings; a humane enterprise or endeavor is one that is intended to prevent or relieve suffering. The humane man will not needlessly inflict pain upon the meanest thing that lives; a merciful man is disposed to withhold or mitigate the suffering even of the guilty. The compassionate man sympathizes with and desires to relieve actual suffering, while one who is humane would forestall and prevent the suffering which he sees to be possible. Compare MERCY; PITIFUL; PITY.

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    benevolent, benignant, charitable, clement, compassionate, forgiving, gentle, gracious, human, humane, kind, kind-hearted, pitying, sympathetic, tender, tender-hearted

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. merciful

    compassionate, kindhearted, clement, gracious, kind

    pitiless, unrelenting, remorseless, inexorable

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mercifuladjective

    showing or giving mercy

    "sought merciful treatment for the captives"; "a merciful god"

    unmerciful, fierce, unpitying, tigerish, merciless, bowelless, ungracious, cutthroat, ruthless, mortal(a), pitiless, remorseless

  2. mercifuladjective

    (used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious

    "our merciful king"

    pitiless, unpitying, merciless, cutthroat, bowelless, tigerish, ruthless, unmerciful, remorseless, fierce, ungracious, mortal(a)

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. mercifuladjective

    gracious, kind, compassionate, tender, benignant, lenient, mild, gentle, pitiful, tender-hearted

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. mercifuladjective

    pitiful, lenient, clement, compassionate, benignant, indulgent, kind, gracious, forgiving

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  1. Harper Lee:

    I never expected any sort of success with 'Mockingbird,' i didn't expect the book to sell in the first place. I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of reviewers, but at the same time I sort of hoped that maybe someone would like it enough to give me encouragement. Public encouragement. I hoped for a little, as I said, but I got rather a whole lot, and in some ways this was just about as frightening as the quick, merciful death I'd expected.

  2. Mervat Ashamallah:

    Where were you God? Why didn't You intervene to rescue him? why didn't they just shoot them? It would have been more merciful.

  3. W. T. Ussery:

    We are all in the hands of an omnipotent, omniscient, just and merciful God, and whatever may be the destiny of humanity (for real or woe), there will be a universal and eternal amen to all that God does.

  4. Ehsan Sehgal:

    One needs not to change the system; however, only to change, narrow, and traditionally selected Thought; consequently, it can destine a beautiful and merciful miracle for the social life and system.

  5. Proverb:

    The court is most merciful when the accused is most rich.

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