• WordNet 3.6
    • n clemency 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 clemency good weather with comfortable temperatures
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clemency Disposition to forgive and spare, as offenders; mildness of temper; gentleness; tenderness; mercy. "Great clemency and tender zeal toward their subjects.""They had applied for the royal clemency ."
    • Clemency Mildness or softness of the elements; as, the clemency of the season.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clemency The quality of being clement; mildness of temper, as shown by a superior to an inferior, or by an aggrieved person to the offender; disposition to spare or forgive; mercy; leniency; forbearance.
    • n clemency Softness or mildness, as of the elements: as, the clemency of the weather.
    • n clemency Synonyms Mercifulness, indulgence, forgiveness, compassion, tenderness, gentleness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Clemency (Spens.) the quality of being clement: mildness: readiness to forgive
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    “Clemency is one of the brightest diamonds in the crown of majesty.”
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    “Clemency is also a revolutionary measure.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. clementia, fr. clemens, mild, calm
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. clemens.


In literature:

All conciliation or clemency will be construed into weakness; generosity and forbearance into poltroonery.
"The Continental Monthly, Volume V. Issue I" by Various
In vain she implored his clemency, and asserted the lightness of her indisposition.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
His clemency was not matched by his piety.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Alaric I, clemency of, at siege of Rome, 28; xii.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
Neither had the other voyage of those of Coya upon us had better fortune, if they had not met with enemies of greater clemency.
"Ideal Commonwealths" by Various
And here again is an instance of the extraordinary clemency of the French clergy.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
He instanced Jefferson Davis, the great Secessionist, and the clemency of the American people.
"The King's Men" by Robert Grant, John Boyle O'Reilly, J. S. Dale, and John T. Wheelwright
You wish to reign by gentleness and clemency, I will be clement and gentle.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
She sat up and stared hard at Norma, as if unable to credit the latter's plea for clemency in her behalf.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
This 'characteristic act of clemency' was censured by many as Quixotic, and worse.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 439" by Various

In poetry:

THE host returned and found his friend content;
To pardon him Alaciel gave consent;
And 'tween them things would equally divide
Of royal bosoms clemency's the pride.
"The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba" by Jean de La Fontaine
So spoke one is sore distress,
And I answered softly: "Yes,
There's an isle so sweet and kind
So to clemency inclined,
So serene in loveliness
That the blind may lead the blind.
"Escape" by Robert W Service
Here let thy clemency, Persephone, hold firm.
Do thou, Pluto, bring here no greater harshness.
So many thousandfair are gone down to Avernus,
Ye might let one remain above with us.
"Prayer For His Lady’s Life" by Ezra Pound
Who is born when the world wanes, when the brave soul of the
world falls on decay in the flesh increasing
Comes one with a great level mind, sufficient vision, sufficient
blindness, and clemency for love.
"Meditation On Saviors" by Robinson Jeffers
And all in harmony with these
Dim clemencies of dusk, afar
Our talks and dreams went; while the star
Of evening brightened o'er the trees:
We spoke of home; the end of war:
We dreamed of life and love and peace.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein
Oh! that thou'd grant me grace, despair,
My dread, my sore distress, my pain,
Or I could breathe some form of prayer,
Or might some suasive word obtain,
Through which to move to clemency
The iron hand that shackles me.
"Lines To Caste" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

The state Board of Pardons unanimously voted against recommending clemency for a death-row inmate scheduled to die tomorrow for murdering a 16-year-old girl after kidnapping her in York County.
India's Home Ministry recommends rejecting clemency plea filed by gunman in Mumbai attacks.
Pardons board rejects cop killer's request for clemency .
VATICAN CITY—The author of the book of Vatican secrets that earned the pope's former butler an 18-month sentence for stealing private papal correspondence has set out to explain his source's motives and appeal for clemency .
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The author of the book of Vatican secrets that earned the pope's former butler an 18-month sentence for stealing private papal correspondence has set out to explain his source's motives and appeal for clemency .
VATICAN CITY — The author of the book of Vatican secrets that earned the pope's former butler an 18-month sentence for stealing private papal correspondence has set out to explain his source's motives and appeal for clemency .
Clemency bid rejected for Pennsylvania death-row inmate.
Condemned Philadelphia killer Terrance Williams lost his bid for clemency Monday when a divided state Board of Pardons failed to unanimously recommend his case for consideration by Gov Corbett.
Pardons and acts of clemency are controversial.
05 pm The Ohio Parole Board is recommending against clemency for a condemned double killer who declined to ask for mercy from the board.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency to an inmate scheduled to be executed Wednesday.
A lawyer for a Georgia death row inmate set to be executed this week says the state Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied his client's application for clemency .
Clemency denied for Hill.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles met Friday to consider a clemency request from attorneys representing condemned state inmate Warren Lee Hill.
Ronald Smith was convicted of a double murder in 1982 and had requested that Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer grant him clemency , effectively trading his death sentence for life without parole.

In science:

The Gauss equations of celestial mechanics (Brouwer & Clemence 1961) provide a way to relate the perturbing effects of the stream to the evolution of disk eccentricity.
Three Dimensional MHD Simulation of Circumbinary Accretion Disks: Disk Structures and Angular Momentum Transport
Brouwer D., Clemence G.M. 1961, Methods of Celestial Mechanics (Academic Press, New York) Brown E.W., Shook C.A. 1933, Planetary Theory (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge) Danby J.M.A. 1988, Fundamentals of Celestial Mechanics (Willmann-Bell, Richmond) ´Erdi B. 1997, Cel.
Asteroids in the Inner Solar System I - Existence