from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Compassionate treatment, especially of those under one's power; clemency.
- noun A disposition to be kind and forgiving.
- noun Something for which to be thankful; a blessing.
- noun Alleviation of distress; relief.
- idiom (at the mercy of) Without any protection against; helpless before.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In criminal law, partial remission of a punishment to which a convict is subject, as distinguished from pardon, or total remission.
- To thank.
- To fine; amerce.
- noun Pitying forbearance or forgiveness; compassionate leniency toward enemies or wrongdoers; the disposition to treat offenders kindly or tenderly; the exercise of clemency in favor of an offender.
- noun An act or exercise of forbearance, good will, or favor; also, a kindness undeserved or unexpected; a fortunate or providential circumstance; a blessing: as, it is a mercy that they escaped.
- noun Pity; compassion; benevolence: as, awork of mercy.
- noun Discretionary action; unrestrained exercise of the will and the power to punish and to spare: as, to be at one's mercy (that is, wholly in one's power).
- noun To proclaim a tax.
- noun Synonyms Clemency, etc. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Forbearance to inflict harm under circumstances of provocation, when one has the power to inflict it; compassionate treatment of an offender or adversary; clemency.
- noun Compassionate treatment of the unfortunate and helpless; sometimes, favor, beneficence.
- noun Disposition to exercise compassion or favor; pity; compassion; willingness to spare or to help.
- noun A blessing regarded as a manifestation of compassion or favor.
- noun (Bib.) the golden cover or lid of the Ark of the Covenant. See
- noun (R. C. Ch.) a religious order founded in Dublin in the year 1827. Communities of the same name have since been established in various American cities. The duties of those belonging to the order are, to attend lying-in hospitals, to superintend the education of girls, and protect decent women out of employment, to visit prisoners and the sick, and to attend persons condemned to death.
- noun to be wholly in the power of.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun uncountable
relenting; forbearanceto cause or allow harmto another
- noun uncountable
forgivenessor compassion, especially toward those less fortunate.
- noun uncountable A
tendencytoward forgiveness, pity, or compassion
- noun countable Instances of forbearance or forgiveness.
- noun A
blessing, something to be thankful for.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a disposition to be kind and forgiving
- noun the feeling that motivates compassion
- noun something for which to be thankful
- noun alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed
- noun leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
-- It may not be in every one's power to shew mercy; but every man may, and every good man does _love mercy_.
Again, my heart pleaded for justice and mercy; for _justice_ to all; and for _mercy_ to the needy and helpless.
Providence in mercy permits the union of families long to remain unbroken; and, at length, in _mercy_ too -- whatever the suggestions of despondency -- dissolves it.
-- At the beginning of the torture he said, "My lords, not knowing that I shall escape this torture with my life, therefore, I beseech you to remember what Solomon saith, _He who sheweth no mercy, shall have judgment without mercy_, &c.
III. v.55 (336,9) by mercy, 'tis most just] [By _mercy_ is meant
"There are many virtues which cannot be practised in solitude; above all, mercy, upon the exercise of which we shall be questioned and judged at the last day; and of which it is said: _Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy_." [
In a sense the justice secretary was using the term mercy in a very narrow sense.
I hope, I yearn to see that it all comes from some great and perfect will, a will with qualities of which what we know as mercy, justice, and love are but faint shadows -- but that is hidden from me.
Not that their mercy is the ground of their acquittal, but the mercy of God in Christ towards them, producing mercy on their part towards their fellow men, makes them to triumph over judgment, which all in themselves otherwise deserve.
"That through your mercy they might obtain mercy, that is, that they may be beholden to you, as you have been to them."