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Definition 1: leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice - [noun denoting act]

Samples where mercy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he threw himself on the mercy of the court

Synonyms for mercy in the sense of this definition

(mercy is a kind of ...) lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers

(... is a kind of mercy ) (law) the reduction in severity of a punishment imposed by law

(... is a kind of mercy ) the formal act of liberating someone

(... is a kind of mercy ) clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent

"he surrendered but asked for quarter"

(... is a kind of mercy ) the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment

Definition 2: alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed - [noun denoting act]

Samples where mercy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(mercy is a kind of ...) assistance in time of difficulty

"the contributions provided some relief for the victims"

Definition 3: a disposition to be kind and forgiving - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where mercy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for mercy in the sense of this definition

(mercy is a kind of ...) the quality of compassion or consideration for others (people or animals)

(... is a kind of mercy ) the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it

(... is a kind of mercy ) tendency to be kind and forgiving

(... is a kind of mercy ) mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant

Definition 4: the feeling that motivates compassion - [noun denoting feeling]

Synonyms for mercy in the sense of this definition

(mercy is a kind of ...) a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering

(... is a kind of mercy ) compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive

Definition 5: something for which to be thankful - [noun denoting state]

Samples where mercy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was a mercy we got out alive

(mercy is a kind of ...) a desirable state

"enjoy the blessings of peace" "a spanking breeze is a boon to sailors"

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