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 Finally — mercifully, some might say — their efforts were rewarded when the Wings completed a sweep of Philadelphia. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2022 As etiquette mercifully dictates that no family member host a shower, no one will be blaming your mother. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 4 June 2022 Thanks to a persistent sea breeze, combined with cloud coverage that blocked the sun’s rays, some parts of the region were mercifully shielded from unprecedented heat. Globe Staff,, 23 May 2022 Green is also mercifully easy to match with your existing finishes and fixtures, and a verdant coat on your cabinets is a surefire way to create a look that’s both trend-forward and classic. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, 6 May 2022 Omicron was mercifully less likely to kill a person than previous variants. Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 The regular season’s penultimate day featured a visit by a Sacramento Kings team mercifully near the end of its record 16th consecutive season without a playoff appearance. Andrew Greifstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2022 The Blazers mercifully close out the regular season at 6:30 p.m. Sunday against Utah at the Moda Center. oregonlive, 8 Apr. 2022 The season is winding down for the Wings, maybe mercifully. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 2 Jul. 2022.

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