clemency, mercifulness, mercy(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"
a disposition to be kind and forgiving
"in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"
the feeling that motivates compassion
something for which to be thankful
"it was a mercy we got out alive"
alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed
"distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"
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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How to use mercy in a sentence?
Typically, these are people who are educated, they can see shades of gray a little bit better, they are not going to be black and white, they might have more of a sense of mercy.
May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.
Human beings are not condemned, because of their biological constitution, to annihilate each other or to be at the mercy of a cruel, self-inflicted fate.
I feel the same way about solitude as some people feel about the blessing of the church. It's the light of grace for me. I never close my door behind me without the awareness that I am carrying out an act of mercy toward myself.
We please ask the president to use his powers and intervene and save their lives, he's the only one who can stop it and it's not too late to do so. So I please ask the president, please show mercy.
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- Gnade, BarmherzigkeitGerman
- misericordia, piedadSpanish
- siunaus, armo, sääli, onni, armeliaisuusFinnish
- miséricorde, pitiéFrench
- 慈悲, 情けJapanese
- vergeving, vergiffenis, genade, erbarmenDutch
- compătimire, binecuvântare, compasiune, iertare, milă, mizericordie, îndurare, indulgențăRomanian
- милость, пощада, милосердиеRussian
- nåd, välsignelse, skonsamhet, barmhärtighetSwedish
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