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Synonyms for mercy
ˈmɜr simer·cy

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English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. mercy

    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, leniency, lenity, 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.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms4.5 / 2 votes

  1. mercy

    Synonyms:
    compassion, clemency, forgiveness, forbearance, grace, benefit, gift, pity, leniency, tenderness

    Antonyms:
    exaction, harshness, cruelty, vengeance, unpityingness, unforgiveness

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. 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"

    Synonyms:
    mildness, clemency, mercifulness

  2. mercifulness, mercynoun

    a disposition to be kind and forgiving

    "in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"

    Synonyms:
    clemency, mercifulness

  3. mercifulness, mercynoun

    the feeling that motivates compassion

    Synonyms:
    clemency, mercifulness

  4. mercynoun

    something for which to be thankful

    "it was a mercy we got out alive"

    Synonyms:
    clemency, mercifulness

  5. mercynoun

    alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed

    "distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"

    Synonyms:
    clemency, mercifulness

Dictionary of English Synonymes1.0 / 1 vote

  1. mercynoun

    Synonyms:
    clemency, lenity, lenience, leniency, compassion, pity, tenderness, kindness, mildness, gentleness

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. mercynoun

    Synonyms:
    clemency, pity, lenity, leniency, lenience, compassion, forgiveness, placability, discretion, disposal, blessing, favor

    Antonyms:
    revenge, implacability, inclemency, incompassion

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How to use mercy in a sentence?

  1. Farid Ahmed:

    I want a heart that will be full of love and care and full of mercy and will forgive easily, because this heart doesn't want any more lives to be lost.

  2. Karen Fleming-Ginn:

    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.

  3. Rosenstock-Huessy:

    Grammar and logic free language from being at the mercy of the tone of voice. Grammar protects us against misunderstanding the sound of an uttered name; logic protects us against what we say have double meaning.

  4. White House:

    The President, as Commander-in-Chief, is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the law is enforced and when appropriate, that mercy is granted, for more than two hundred years, presidents have used their authority to offer second chances to deserving individuals, including those in uniform who have served our country. These actions are in keeping with this long history. As The President has stated,' when our soldiers have to fight for our country, I want to give them the confidence to fight.'.

  5. Pope Francis:

    The people who had the responsibility to take care of these tender ones violated that trust and caused them great pain, those who have survived this abuse have become true heralds of mercy. Humbly we owe each of them our gratitude for their great value, as they have had to suffer terrible abuse, sexual abuse of minors.


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