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 Nestled between the coastal mainstays of Point Reyes and Mendocino is a mercifully remote 50-mile stretch of Highway 1 featuring everything great about the Northern California coast. Gregory Thomas,, "One Day, One Place: Sonoma County’s remote coast," 25 Oct. 2019 By far the biggest change though comes in the circle, where Dail is mercifully no longer alone. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks softball opens preseason practice with ‘replenished roster,' healthier than fall," 17 Jan. 2020 The whole experience, floating from one provocative thing to another, amounts to a near-perfect blend of profundity and ephemera—like one’s own thoughts, mercifully elevated. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "The Paris Review, a Poem a Day, and an Iran Explainer: Three Podcasts to Listen to in January," 7 Jan. 2020 The new year is almost upon us, and the Cincinnati Bengals' 2019 season is mercifully over. Dave Clark,, "Guest TML: If Bengals' second win didn't tickle your fancy, did Steelers missing playoffs?," 30 Dec. 2019 Usman then leaped on him and went to work on Covington’s badly injured face, battering his dazed opponent with hammer fists until the referee mercifully intervened. Greg Beacham, The Denver Post, "Kamaru Usman batters Colby Covington, Alexander Volkanovski claims title at UFC 245," 15 Dec. 2019 Christopher Shinn’s adaptation, based on literal translations from the original German, is mercifully understated, not needing to oversell the comparisons between Horvath’s demagogic times and ours. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘Judgment Day,’ an Allegory of Blame, Goes Big," 11 Dec. 2019 Your kitchen stays mercifully clean, spared the indignity of yet another failed string bean casserole. Christina Tkacik,, "Too busy to cook? Here’s where to buy ‘homemade’ Thanksgiving foods in the Baltimore area," 19 Nov. 2019 The city’s fourth annual holiday village, mercifully close to the Funky Buddha, will feature a snow slide and pop-up ice-skating rink, live music and arts and crafts vendors, a holiday carousel and a Christmas tree decorating competition. Phillip Valys,, "Get lit: Top 10 Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Miami," 29 Nov. 2019

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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 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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