have mercy/pity

Definition of have mercy/pity

  1. :  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

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

    :  lenient or compassionate treatment

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

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

    :  capacity to feel pity

    :  something to be regretted

  1. :  to feel pity for

    :  to feel pity


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