merciful

adjective
mer·​ci·​ful | \ ˈmər-si-fəl How to pronounce merciful (audio) \

Definition of merciful

: full of mercy : compassionate a merciful ruler also : providing relief a merciful end

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Other Words from merciful

mercifulness \ ˈmər-​si-​fəl-​nəs How to pronounce mercifulness (audio) \ noun

Examples of merciful in a Sentence

He became less merciful to his enemies. He died a quick and merciful death.
Recent Examples on the Web In Brown’s case, a merciful re-examination allowed for a second chance. Bilal Qureshi, New York Times, "‘Murder to Mercy’ Review: Rethinking a Life Sentence," 29 Apr. 2020 Here, in the (merciful) absence of castrati, scruffy applied beards made women look surprisingly masculine as Goffredo and Eustazio, Goffredo’s brother. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "A brave production of Handel’s ‘Rinaldo’ from American Baroque Opera Company," 9 Mar. 2020 The garden is simultaneously mesmerizing and overwhelming, packed to the brim with a myriad of flora, fauna, and tall trees that offer merciful shade on hot afternoons. Rachel King, Fortune, "Where you should eat, visit, and stay in Marrakech," 6 Mar. 2020 In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful. Washington Post, "US blames Iran for Ukrainian jetliner downing, pledges probe," 11 Jan. 2020 The Wings are down to 15 games before this dreadful season comes to a merciful end on April 4. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings desperate to show growth as season winds down, but playoff-bound opponents loom," 2 Mar. 2020 In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful. Washington Post, "US blames Iran for Ukrainian jetliner downing, pledges probe," 11 Jan. 2020 In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful. Author: Nasser Karimi, Joseph Krauss, Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran denies that its missile brought down Ukrainian jetliner," 10 Jan. 2020 Here are the picks for this week’s games: Missouri 29, Arkansas 27 — This is actually a winnable game for Arkansas as this worst of Razorback seasons comes to a merciful conclusion. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "COLLEGE FOOTBALL IN ARKANSAS: Rex Nelson's predictions for Missouri-Arkansas and Arkansas State-South Alabama," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of merciful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Merciful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merciful. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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merciful

adjective
How to pronounce merciful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of merciful

: treating people with kindness and forgiveness : not cruel or harsh : having or showing mercy
: giving relief from suffering

merciful

adjective
mer·​ci·​ful | \ ˈmər-si-fəl How to pronounce merciful (audio) \

Kids Definition of merciful

: having or showing mercy or compassion a merciful ruler

Other Words from merciful

mercifully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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