Definition of mercy
- begged for mercy
- May God have mercy on us.
- it was a mercy they found her before she froze
- works of mercy among the poor
He is a vicious criminal who deserves no mercy.
She fell to her knees and asked for mercy.
They came on a mission of mercy to provide food and medical care for starving children.
It's a mercy that the building was empty when the fire started.
Thank heaven for small mercies.
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First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
: kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly
: kindness or help given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation
: a good or lucky fact or situation
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