have mercy/pity

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of have mercy/pity

: to treat someone with mercy or pity
  • The prisoner begged the judge to have mercy.
usually + on
  • The prisoner begged the judge to have mercy on him.

Word by Word Definitions

mercy play
  1. : compassion or forbearance (see forbearance 1) shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power

  2. : imprisonment rather than death imposed as penalty for first-degree murder

  3. : a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion

pity play
  1. : sympathetic sorrow for one suffering, distressed, or unhappy

  2. : capacity to feel pity

  3. : something to be regretted

  1. : to feel pity for

  2. : to feel pity


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