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mer·cy

 (mûr′sē)
n. pl. mer·cies
1. Compassionate treatment, especially of those under one's power; clemency.
2. A disposition to be kind and forgiving: a heart full of mercy.
3. Something for which to be thankful; a blessing: It was a mercy that no one was hurt.
4. Alleviation of distress; relief: Taking in the refugees was an act of mercy.
Idiom:
at the mercy of
Without any protection against; helpless before: drifting in an open boat, at the mercy of the elements.

[Middle English, from Old French merci, from Medieval Latin mercēs, from Latin, reward.]
Synonyms: mercy, leniency, clemency, charity
These nouns mean humane and kind, sympathetic, or forgiving treatment of or disposition toward others. Mercy is compassionate forbearance: "The challenge ... is how to define morally reasonable grounds on which to grant perpetrators mercy and allow them to go free" (Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela).
Leniency implies mildness, gentleness, and often a tendency to reduce punishment: "Even though Grant advocated leniency toward the Confederacy's military leaders, he called for punishment of its political leaders" (Brooks D. Simpson).
Clemency is mercy shown by someone with judicial authority: The judge believed in clemency for youthful offenders. Charity is goodwill and benevolence in judging others: "With malice toward none, with charity for all ... let us strive on to finish the work we are in" (Abraham Lincoln).

mercy

(ˈmɜːsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. compassionate treatment of or attitude towards an offender, adversary, etc, who is in one's power or care; clemency; pity
2. the power to show mercy: to throw oneself on someone's mercy.
3. a relieving or welcome occurrence or state of affairs: his death was a mercy after weeks of pain.
4. at the mercy of in the power of
[C12: from Old French, from Latin mercēs wages, recompense, price, from merx goods]

mer•cy

(ˈmɜr si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power; compassion or benevolence.
2. the disposition or discretionary power to be compassionate or forbearing.
3. an act of kindness, compassion, or favor.
4. something of good fortune; blessing: It was a mercy they weren't hurt.
Idioms:
at the mercy of, wholly in the power of; subject to.
[1125–75; Middle English merci < Old French < Latin mercēd- (s. of mercēs) wages (Late Latin, Medieval Latin: heavenly reward), derivative of merx goods]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mercy - leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justicemercy - leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice; "he threw himself on the mercy of the court"
lenience, leniency - lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers
re-sentencing, commutation - (law) the reduction in severity of a punishment imposed by law
free pardon, pardon, amnesty - the formal act of liberating someone
quarter - clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent; "he surrendered but asked for quarter"
reprieve, respite - the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
2.mercy - a disposition to be kind and forgiving; "in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"
humaneness - the quality of compassion or consideration for others (people or animals)
compassion, pity - the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
forgivingness, kindness - tendency to be kind and forgiving
lenience, leniency, lenity, mildness - mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant
3.mercy - the feeling that motivates compassionmercy - the feeling that motivates compassion
compassion, compassionateness - a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
forgiveness - compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive
4.mercy - something for which to be thankful; "it was a mercy we got out alive"
boon, blessing - a desirable state; "enjoy the blessings of peace"; "a spanking breeze is a boon to sailors"
5.mercy - alleviation of distressmercy - alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed; "distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"
ministration, succor, succour, relief - assistance in time of difficulty; "the contributions provided some relief for the victims"

mercy

noun
2. blessing, relief, boon, godsend, piece of luck, benison (archaic) It was a mercy he'd gone so quickly in the end.
at the mercy of something or someone
1. defenceless against, subject to, open to, exposed to, vulnerable to, threatened by, susceptible to, prey to, an easy target for, naked before, unprotected against Buildings are left to decay at the mercy of vandals and bad weather.
2. in the power of, under the control of, in the clutches of, under the heel of servants or slaves were at the mercy of their masters
Quotations
"Yet I shall temper so"
"Justice with mercy" [John Milton Paradise Lost]

mercy

noun
Kind, forgiving, or compassionate treatment of or disposition toward others:
Translations
رحمةرَحَمَةٌرَحْمَهنِعْمَه، بَرَكَه
slitováníštěstí
nådevelsignelsebarmhjertighedheld
armoonnisäälisiunausarmeliaisuus
milost
irgalom
mildi, lánmiskunn
慈悲
자비
gailestingaiko valiojepasigailėjimaspasigailėtivisiškai priklausomas
veiksme, laimežēlastībažēlsirdība
zľutovanie
na milost in nemilostusmiljenje
nåd
ความเมตตา
sự khoan dung

mercy

[ˈmɜːsɪ]
A. N
1. (= compassion) → misericordia f; (= clemency) → clemencia f, piedad f
to beg for mercypedir clemencia
to have mercy on sbtener misericordia or piedad de algn, tener clemencia para con algn
have mercy!¡por piedad!
God in His mercyel Señor en su infinita bondad
to show sb no mercyno mostrarse misericordioso or clemente con algn
no mercy was shown to the riotersno hubo clemencia para los revoltosos
2. (= discretion)
to be at the mercy of sth/sbestar a merced de algo/algn
to be left to the tender mercies of sb (esp hum) → quedar a merced de algn
to throw o.s. on sb's mercyponerse en (las) manos de algn
3. (= blessing)
his death was a mercysu muerte fue una bendición
it's a mercy that no-one was hurtes un milagro que nadie resultara herido, menos mal que nadie resultó herido
we should be grateful for small merciesy demos gracias, porque podría haber sido peor
see also thankful
B. CPD mercy flight Nvuelo m de ayuda (para ayudar a alguien necesitado en una guerra, etc)
mercy killing Neutanasia f

mercy

[ˈmɜːrsi] n
(= compassion) → compassion f
acts of mercy → des actes de compassion
to plead for mercy, to beg for mercy → demander grâce
to cry for mercy → crier grâce
to show mercy → faire quartier
to show no mercy → ne pas faire de quartier
Neither side took prisoners or showed any mercy → Aucun des deux camps ne prenait de prisonnier ou ne faisait de quartier.
at the mercy of sth → à la merci de qch
to be at the mercy of sb → être à la merci de qn
to throw o.s. on the mercy of sb → se jeter aux pieds de qn
to throw o.s. on the mercy of the court → en appeler à la clémence de la cour
[God] → miséricorde f
divine mercy → la miséricorde divine
to have mercy on sb → prendre pitié de qn
to be thankful for small mercies, to be grateful for small mercies → s'estimer heureux/eusemercy killing neuthanasie f

mercy

n
no pl (= feeling of compassion)Erbarmen nt; (= action, forbearance from punishment)Gnade f; (= God’s mercy)Barmherzigkeit f; to beg for mercyum Gnade bitten or flehen; to have mercy/no mercy on somebodymit jdm Erbarmen/kein Erbarmen haben; have mercy!Gnade!, Erbarmen!; Lord have mercy upon usHerr, erbarme dich unser; to show somebody mercy/no mercyErbarmen/kein Erbarmen mit jdm haben; to throw oneself on somebody’s mercysich jdm auf Gnade und Ungnade ausliefern; to be at the mercy of somebodyjdm (auf Gedeih und Verderb) ausgeliefert sein; to be at the mercy of somethingeiner Sache (dat)ausgeliefert sein; we’re at your mercywir sind in Ihrer Gewalt or Hand; at the mercy of the elementsdem Spiel der Elemente preisgegeben; a mission of mercyeine Hilfsaktion
(inf: = blessing) → Segen m, → Glück nt; it’s a mercy nobody was hurtman kann von Glück sagen, dass niemand verletzt wurde; we must be thankful for small merciesman muss schon mit wenigem zufrieden or für weniges dankbar sein

mercy

:
mercy killing
nEuthanasie f, → Töten ntaus Mitleid
mercy seat
nGnadenthron or -stuhl m

mercy

[ˈmɜːsɪ] npietà f inv, clemenza (Rel) → misericordia
to be at the mercy of sb/sth → essere alla mercé or in balia di qn/qc
to have mercy on sb → avere pietà di qn
to be left to the tender mercies of sb → essere lasciato/a alle buone cure di qn
it's a mercy that ... → è una fortuna che + sub

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!

mercy

رَحَمَةٌ slitování nåde Erbarmen οίκτος misericordia armo clémence milost misericordia 慈悲 자비 genade barmhjertighet litość piedade милосердие nåd ความเมตตา merhamet sự khoan dung 宽恕

mercy

n. misericordia, compasión;
___ killingeutanasia.
References in classic literature ?
Shimerda at `Thy judgment seat, which is also Thy mercy seat.
Of offense, I hope there is none, to either party: of defense, I make none--by God's good mercy, having committed no palpable sin since last entreating his pardoning grace.
The savages fled in the utmost disorder, evacuated their towns, and reluctantly left their territory to our mercy.
Finally, little heroic as he was, it seemed more decorous to be overthrown in the downfall of the party with which he had been content to stand than to remain a forlorn survivor, when so many worthier men were falling: and at last, after subsisting for four years on the mercy of a hostile administration, to be compelled then to define his position anew, and claim the yet more humiliating mercy of a friendly one.
If they had been at all visibly blighted or battered, she would doubtless have grown, on tracing it back, haggard enough to match them; as matters stood, however, I could feel her, when she surveyed them, with her large white arms folded and the habit of serenity in all her look, thank the Lord's mercy that if they were ruined the pieces would still serve.
My song for ever shall record That terrible, that joyful hour; I give the glory to my God, His all the mercy and the power.
I answered, "thou prayest for mercy who showed none to any
Now am I the enemy of Amadis of Gaul and of the whole countless troop of his descendants; odious to me now are all the profane stories of knight-errantry; now I perceive my folly, and the peril into which reading them brought me; now, by God's mercy schooled into my right senses, I loathe them.
My men have him here under their pikes, and I shall command them to kill him without mercy.
I was going to add," he said, "that for a pure and saintly woman you will not find one more to your true advantage, and certainly not more to your mother's mind and my own, than your friend Mercy, whom you used to show a certain interest in.
Look this day in mercy and blessing on Thy humble people, and graciously hear us, spare us, and have mercy upon us
The persons are, Captain Arnault, of the French army; Surgeon Surville, of the French ambulance; Surgeon Wetzel, of the German army; Mercy Merrick, attached as nurse to the French ambulance; and Grace Roseberry, a traveling lady on her way to England.