merciful

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adjective mer·ci·ful \ˈmər-si-fəl\

Definition of merciful

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

mercifulness

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Examples of merciful in a Sentence

  1. He became less merciful to his enemies.

  2. He died a quick and merciful death.

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First Known Use of merciful

14th century


MERCIFUL Defined for English Language Learners

merciful

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Definition of merciful for English Language Learners

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

  • : giving relief from suffering


MERCIFUL Defined for Kids

merciful

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adjective mer·ci·ful \ˈmər-si-fəl\

Definition of merciful for Students

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

mercifully

\-fə-lē\ adverb

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