mer·​ci·​ful·​ly | \ ˈmər-si-f(ə-)lē How to pronounce mercifully (audio) \

Definition of mercifully

1 : in a merciful manner
2 : fortunately sense 2 mercifully we didn't have to attend the meeting

Examples of mercifully in a Sentence

His crimes have been dealt with mercifully. Mercifully, the professor always makes our tests easy.
Recent Examples on the Web The commercial is thoughtfully shot, and mercifully low on glamour shots of Jeeps. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Super Bowl Music: The Weeknd’s Self-Loathing, Springsteen’s Jeep, and Dolly Parton’s Gig Economy," 8 Feb. 2021 When the referee mercifully stopped the Holmes-Spinks bout, Holmes had pinned Spinks in a corner for the final onslaught in the third round. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, "Remembering Leon Spinks and the dedication of Joe Louis Arena," 8 Feb. 2021 On Saturday, the toughest road trip in franchise history mercifully comes to an end. Christian Clark,, "Toughest road trip in Pelicans' franchise history reaches an end vs. Timberwolves," 22 Jan. 2021 My reign as head cook on day 17 had been mercifully brief. Jeff Winkler, The Atlantic, "The Art of Cooking While Everything Burns," 30 Dec. 2020 Believe it or not, Jerry’s first-round record in the decade that just mercifully left us was the best of the last three. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Dan Quinn’s future in Dallas hinges on Cowboys reversing a decade-long trend in the NFL draft," 13 Jan. 2021 Making clothes to order reduces waste, allows for endlessly inclusive sizing options, and (mercifully) cuts down on trips to the mall. Rachel Feltman And Jordan Blok, Popular Science, "The 10 most exceptional personal care products from 2020," 4 Dec. 2020 But here, in this moment, as 2020 mercifully dissolves into 2021? Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "The Tom Izzo and John Beilein bromance is exactly what we need right now," 28 Dec. 2020 The odd oversights aside (mercifully, for those families wanting to stay on speaking terms during lockdown, there is no Monopoly), this is a generous collection that doubles as a historical survey of play. Simon Parkin, The New Yorker, "The Best Video Games of 2020," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of mercifully

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mercifully.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mercifully

: in a kind or merciful way
: in a good or lucky way

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