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merciful

adjective mer·ci·ful \ˈmər-si-fəl\

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

: giving relief from suffering

Full Definition of MERCIFUL

:  full of mercy :  compassionate <a merciful ruler>; also :  providing relief <a merciful end>
mer·ci·ful·ness \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of MERCIFUL

  1. He became less merciful to his enemies.
  2. He died a quick and merciful death.

First Known Use of MERCIFUL

14th century

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