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merciful

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adjective mer·ci·ful \ˈmər-si-fəl\

Simple Definition of merciful

  • : treating people with kindness and forgiveness : not cruel or harsh : having or showing mercy

  • : giving relief from suffering

Full Definition of merciful

  1. :  full of mercy :  compassionate <a merciful ruler>; also :  providing relief <a merciful end>

mer·ci·ful·ness play \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of merciful

  1. He became less merciful to his enemies.

  2. He died a quick and merciful death.



14th Century

First Known Use of merciful

14th century


MERCIFUL Defined for Kids

merciful

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adjective mer·ci·ful \ˈmər-si-fəl\

Definition of merciful

  1. :  having or showing mercy or compassion <a merciful ruler>

mer·ci·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb




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