• Mercy. Supplication, favor. Egyptian
    Mercy. Supplication, favor. Egyptian
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mercy leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice "he threw himself on the mercy of the court"
    • n mercy alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed "distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"
    • n mercy a disposition to be kind and forgiving "in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"
    • n mercy the feeling that motivates compassion
    • n mercy something for which to be thankful "it was a mercy we got out alive"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The guillotine was originally called a louisette. Named for Antoine Louis, the French surgeon who invented it. It became known as the guillotine for Joseph Ignace Guillotin, the French physician who advocated it as a more merciful means of execution than the noose or ax.
    • Mercy A blessing regarded as a manifestation of compassion or favor. "The Father of mercies and the God of all comfort."
    • Mercy Compassionate treatment of the unfortunate and helpless; sometimes, favor, beneficence.
    • Mercy Disposition to exercise compassion or favor; pity; compassion; willingness to spare or to help. "In whom mercy lacketh and is not founden."
    • Mercy Forbearance to inflict harm under circumstances of provocation, when one has the power to inflict it; compassionate treatment of an offender or adversary; clemency. "Examples of justice must be made for terror to some; examples of mercy for comfort to others."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mercy Pitying forbearance or forgiveness; compassionate leniency toward enemies or wrongdoers; the disposition to treat offenders kindly or tenderly; the exercise of clemency in favor of an offender.
    • n mercy An act or exercise of forbearance, good will, or favor; also, a kindness undeserved or unexpected; a fortunate or providential circumstance; a blessing: as, it is a mercy that they escaped.
    • n mercy Pity; compassion; benevolence: as, awork of mercy.
    • n mercy Discretionary action; unrestrained exercise of the will and the power to punish and to spare: as, to be at one's mercy (that is, wholly in one's power).
    • n mercy To proclaim a tax.
    • n mercy Synonyms Clemency, etc. See leniency.
    • mercy To thank.
    • mercy To fine; amerce.
    • n mercy In criminal law, partial remission of a punishment to which a convict is subject, as distinguished from pardon, or total remission.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mercy mėr′si tenderness and forbearance shown in sparing an offender in one's power: a forgiving disposition: clemency: an act of mercy: an undeserved blessing: compassion or benevolence
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.”
  • John Gay
    “The brave love mercy, and delight to save.”
  • John Gay
    “Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy and delight to save.”
  • Thomas Paine
    “I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when the sentence was about to be pronounced, pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was orphan.”
  • Bible
    “The merciful shall obtain mercy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. merci, F. merci, L. merces, mercedis, hire, pay, reward, LL., equiv. to misericordia, pity, mercy. L. merces, is probably akin to merere, to deserve, acquire. See Merit, and cf. Amerce
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. merci, grace—L. merces, mercedis, pay, in later L. also 'favour.'


In literature:

Who does not show mercy to others, to him shall no mercy be shown.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
When I said, My foot slippeth, thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.
"The Days of Mohammed" by Anna May Wilson
O Lord, upon my soul have mercy!
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
Yet there was no hope of escape, no evidence of mercy.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
Think of your own unworthiness, and of the way God has opened to the mercy seat.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
They saw that the Lord was gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repented Him of the evil.
"Westminster Sermons with a Preface" by Charles Kingsley
Be merciful, my father, oh, be merciful!
"The Days of Bruce Vol 1" by Grace Aguilar
Shall God forget to be merciful, and shut up his mercy in his displeasure?
"The Most Ancient Lives of Saint Patrick" by Various
In its way this was merciful, perhaps.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
He was very practical; seeking always to bring men to be merciful, as their Father in Heaven is merciful.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
My blessed a mercy, hear talk dey spill de poor nigger's blood awful much in slavery time.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
If he were killed, why should he leave his body in that manner to the tender mercies of the wolves?
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Mercy, the acts of mercy please Him.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
But even in regard to earthly mercies, never forget the channel of grace through Christ Jesus.
"Sovereign Grace" by Dwight Moody
Mercy was a tall, fair girl of sixteen, with a sweet, thoughtful face, and a particularly pleasant open expression.
"The Third Class at Miss Kaye's" by Angela Brazil
His nomination as Secretary of State was the crowning mercy of her life.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
Let's roll up our sleeves and strike without mercy!
"The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion" by Eugène Sue
As I discharge it, may he prove merciful to me and mine.
"The Gold Brick" by Ann S. Stephens
If I did anything wrong, I should never expect her to forgive me for it; I should never expect her to have mercy upon me.
"John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III" by Mary E. Braddon
God be merciful to us, sinners as we are!
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker

In poetry:

Exalt the Lord our God,
And worship at his feet;
His nature is all holiness,
And mercy is his seat.
"Psalm 99 part 2" by Isaac Watts
The arms of mighty love
Defend our Zion well:
And heav'nly mercy walls us round
From Babylon and hell.
"Hymn 80" by Isaac Watts
Here shall a realm rise
Mighty in manhood;
Justice and Mercy
Here set a stronghold
Safe without spear.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
How often have I thought
Why should I longer lie?
Surely the mercy I have sought
Is not for such as I.
"The Bitter Waters" by John Newton
My fainting soul doth yearn
For thy green hills afar;
So let thy mercy burn--
My greater, guiding star!
"A Hymn" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I heard an Angel Singing
When the day was springing:
"Mercy, pity, and peace,
Are the world's release."
"The Two Songs" by William Blake

In news:

Vitaly Geyfman, likes to compare one of the newest cardiac-care tools at Mercy Hospital to the GPS — or global positioning system — many people have in their automobiles.
Tempering Mercy and Andrew Breitbart.
Mercy Regional's flu policy is draconian .
Departing Mercy CEO Dignum remains bullish on health care.
On the day in February she was sentenced for embezzling $509,000 from a South Philadelphia bank, Katherine Harrell pleaded for mercy.
Previously, Dr Murphy previously was director of emergency services for Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre.
After 16 years of working alongside with Mercy Unlimited, a local organization decided to form a separate entity to preserve the future of an annual event.
Roxy Epoxy & The Rebound, Black Mercies, The Hundred Days and The Oblik.
It was a tale of two Sharon Van Ettens Thursday night at Mercy Lounge.
Cody Carlson is a writer based in New York and a former investigator for Mercy for Animals and the Humane Society of the United States.
Philip Vera Cruz, who helped found the United Farm Worker s union, died on Saturday at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif, his hometown.
United's Season Mercifully Put Out Of Its Misery.
Doc discusses suspected mercy killing .
The man charged in the suspected mercy killing of his wife at a hospital intensive care unit asked the doctor who confronted him, "Please tell me she's dead," the doctor said Monday.
Mercy killing or murder.

In science:

In the protein-genes world, the fidelity of transmission is at the mercy of the biochemical technology for copying.
The transmission sense of information
Merci notammen t à mon frère et ma sœur pour être venus me rendre visi te que lques jours à
The Hidden Subgroup Problem
Such an ansatz allows interesting experiments with the DIM but all physical arguments presented in its favour are unfounded or just based on inconsistent numerical schemes (we will mercifully pass over in silence the relevant references).
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
In the case of LMXBTs we are at the mercy of the X-ray satellites that happen to be in orbit during the outburst.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
It is rather discomforting that the theory should allow a system to be steered or piloted into one or the other type of state at the experimenter’s mercy in spite of his having no access to it.
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information: Are They Related to Quantum Paradoxology?
Valuable legacy data which might prove crucial to the understanding of the next supernova lie undigitised and inaccessible in some remote storage room, at the mercy of natural hazards and human ignorance.
Astronomical Data Management
The following theorem states properties of D ¯∂ ′ (f ) which follow from our analysis in Banach spaces, but which can be stated mercifully without mentioning our analytic setup.
Holomorphic curves in Exploded Torus Fibrations: Regularity
After launch in August 1989, the pro ject suffered a ma jor setback: the apogee boost motor failed to ignite, and the satellite was left in an unintended elliptical transfer orbit, at the mercy of a twice-daily immersion in the Van Allen radiation belts.
Hipparcos: a Retrospective