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.

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Artful was the shepherd’s pie ($12), with its striking spiral of smooth rosemary mash concealing moist-but-mercifully-un-soupy meat and veg beneath. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Slainté! Sanfording at The Sullivan is trad and true ... and pretty tasty," 4 June 2019 Three more batters reached before finally, mercifully, Jorge Alfaro was caught looking at a third strike, a moment that drew a huge cheer from what was left of the crowd. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marlins 16, Brewers 0: A laugher from the very start," 4 June 2019 Of the several varieties available for purchase on the Atroposknife website (which mercifully does ship worldwide), the cheapest one is $165. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Transforming Russian Knife Is Bizarre and Brilliant," 22 Mar. 2019 More Film Reviews There, puppets constitute a permanent underclass; plushy criminals are pursued; metaphors, mercifully, aren’t. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Happytime Murders’ Review: Stuffed With Laughs," 23 Aug. 2018 In the video above the German frigate Karlsruhe fires off its Super Rapid Bloom Offboard Countermeasures Chaff and Decoy System—mercifully shortened to SRBOC. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What a Navy Ship's Last-Ditch Defense Looks Like," 29 Sep. 2016 Uniqlo’s waterproof overcoat exudes the kind of monkish minimalism that, mercifully, is not light on style. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "His, Hers, Ours: Chic Cold-Weather Basics Beloved by All," 3 Jan. 2019 That means the people who manage Oscar campaigns for films — which are a lot like political campaigns, but with mercifully shorter timelines — are keen to position their movies properly in the minds of Oscar voters. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody aren’t musicals, according to the Golden Globes," 6 Dec. 2018 Now, as Google continues to roll out its call-screening tech to Google Pixel devices, the robots are mercifully turning phone calls into text. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Finally, the Robots Are Turning Phone Calls Into Text Chats," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of mercifully

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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showing courage and determination

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