merciful


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mer·ci·ful

 (mûr′sĭ-fəl)
adj.
Full of mercy; compassionate: sought merciful treatment for the captives.

mer′ci·ful·ly adv.
mer′ci·ful·ness n.

merciful

(ˈmɜːsɪfʊl)
adj
showing or giving mercy; compassionate
ˈmercifulness n

mer•ci•ful

(ˈmɜr sɪ fəl)

adj.
full of mercy; characterized by or exercising mercy.
[1250–1300]
mer′ci•ful•ly, adv.
mer′ci•ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.merciful - showing or giving mercymerciful - showing or giving mercy; "sought merciful treatment for the captives"; "a merciful god"
clement - (used of persons or behavior) inclined to show mercy; "a more clement judge reduced the sentence"
compassionate - showing or having compassion; "heard the soft and compassionate voices of women"
soft - compassionate and kind; conciliatory; "he was soft on his children"
humane - marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering
kind - having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior; "kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for her kind letter"
merciless, unmerciful - having or showing no mercy; "the merciless enemy"; "a merciless critic"; "gave him a merciless beating"
2.merciful - (used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious; "our merciful king"
gracious - characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit; "gracious even to unexpected visitors"; "gracious living"; "he bears insult with gracious good humor"

merciful

adjective
2. welcome, desired, blessed Eventually the session came to a merciful end.
be merciful to show mercy to, spare, forgive, pardon, let off, go easy on (informal), have mercy on, have pity on, be lenient with He had always been more merciful to girls than to boys.

merciful

adjective
1. Concerned with human welfare and the alleviation of suffering:
Translations
رحيمرَحيم، رَؤوف
milosrdný
barmhjertig
miskunnsamur
milosten
merhametli

merciful

[ˈmɜːsɪfʊl] ADJ
1. (= compassionate) [god] → misericordioso, clemente, compasivo; [person] → clemente, compasivo
to be merciful to or towards sbser clemente con algn, mostrarse compasivo con algn
2. (= blessed) death came as a merciful releasela muerte fue como una bendición

merciful

[ˈmɜːrsɪfʊl] adj [person] → miséricordieux/euse, clément(e)
to be merciful → se montrer clément
I begged him to be merciful → Je l'ai supplié de se montrer clément.
a merciful God → un dieu miséricordieux
to be a merciful release → être une libération

merciful

adjgnädig (to sb jdm gegenüber); o merciful Lordgütiger Gott; O Lord be merciful!Gott, sei uns (dat)gnädig!; I begged him to be mercifulich bat ihn um Gnade; his death was a merciful release from painsein Tod war für ihn eine Erlösung; merciful heavens! (dated)gütiger Himmel! (dated)

merciful

[ˈmɜːsɪfʊl] adj (Rel) → misericordioso/a; (person) → compassionevole, pietoso/a, clemente
it was a merciful release → è stata una vera liberazione

mercy

(ˈməːsi) plural ˈmercies noun
1. kindness towards a person, especially an enemy, who is in one's power. He showed his enemies no mercy.
2. a piece of good luck or something for which one should be grateful. It was a mercy that it didn't rain.
ˈmerciful adjective
willing to forgive or to punish only lightly. a merciful judge.
ˈmercifully adverb
ˈmerciless adjective
without mercy; cruel. merciless criticism.
ˈmercilessly adverb
at the mercy of
wholly in the power of, liable to be harmed by. A sailor is at the mercy of the sea.
have mercy on
to give kindness to (an enemy etc who is in one's power). Have mercy on me!

merciful

a. misericordioso-a, compasivo-a.
References in classic literature ?
But it is a comfort to know we serve a merciful Master, though we do it each after his fashion, and with great tracts of wilderness atween us--what goes there?
The magistrates are God-fearing gentlemen, but merciful overmuch -- that is a truth," added a third autumnal matron.
if men were more merciful they would shoot us before we came to such misery.
But a merciful providence had sent this storm of cold rain--and now all it was necessary to do was to set off a few fireworks, and thump awhile on a drum, and all the homeless wretches from a mile around would pour in and fill the hall
Ah, be kind to me, be merciful to a poor boy who means thee well; for an thou betray me I am lost
It is true, there were some soft and merciful passages occasionally, but the tramp-tramp of the tourists only allowed one to get fitful glimpses of them, so to speak.
I'm thankful to the good God and Father of us all I've got you back, that's long-suffering and merciful to them that believe on Him and keep His word, though good- ness knows I'm unworthy of it, but if only the worthy ones got His blessings and had His hand to help them over the rough places, there's few enough would smile here or ever enter into His rest when the long night comes.
His death was regarded by the slaves as the result of a merciful providence.
As His disciple I adopt His pure, His merciful, His benignant doctrines.
There was no merciful alternative but to answer it on the spot.
Once, he went aloft, and the rope broke, and they caught him shrieking; twice, he went aloft, and the rope broke, and they caught him shrieking; then, the rope was merciful, and held him, and his head was soon upon a pike, with grass enough in the mouth for all Saint Antoine to dance at the sight of.
But there have been times since, in my manhood, many times there have been, when I have thought, Is it possible, among the possibilities of hidden things, that in the sudden rashness of the child and her wild look so far off, there was any merciful attraction of her into danger, any tempting her towards him permitted on the part of her dead father, that her life might have a chance of ending that day?