mer·​ci·​ful·​ly ˈmər-si-f(ə-)lē How to pronounce mercifully (audio)
: in a merciful manner
: 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 Thanks to the Orca’s total lack of an internal combustion engine, the machine is blessedly, mercifully shushed. WIRED, 18 Nov. 2023 Overall, though, this is a return to form after mercifully shuttling off some of last year’s particularly tedious subplots. James Grebey, Vulture, 10 Nov. 2023 Reports strongly indicate that they were egged on by Iran and Hezbollah in a series of meetings in Beirut, with the powerful Lebanese militia making vague promises (that, mercifully, have so far been ignored) to intervene if and when Hamas launched a major attack against Israel. Hussein Ibish, The New Republic, 1 Nov. 2023 By the time manager Dave Roberts had mercifully walked to the mound to take the ball from a pitcher who had long since lost his grip, Kershaw had allowed six runs on six hits in one-third of an inning. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2023 My metabolism is mercifully speedy, my relationship with food that of two old friends embracing each day anew. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2023 His tenor is polished and mercifully much less cursive in person, especially shining on all the mmms and ohhhs peppering his songs. Vulture, 28 Sep. 2023 The nonconference game, which was played in a constant and ferocious rain, was mercifully called at the end of the first half. Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 Why Trust Us? One of the more common in-flight mishaps to garner headlines (now that screaming about wearing a mask is mercifully behind us) is when a plane encounters an intense bout of turbulence. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 5 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mercifully was in the 14th century

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“Mercifully.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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