Pronunciation Noun


  1. (uncountable) Relenting; forbearance to cause or allow harm to another.
    She took mercy on him and quit embarrassing him.
    Antonyms: mercilessness, ruthlessness, cruelty
  2. (uncountable) Forgiveness or compassion, especially toward those less fortunate.
    Have mercy on the poor and assist them if you can.
  3. (uncountable) A tendency toward forgiveness, pity, or compassion.
    Mercy is one of his many virtues.
  4. (countable) Instances of forbearance or forgiveness.
    Psalms 40:11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord
  5. (countable) A blessing; something to be thankful for.
    It was a mercy that we were not inside when the roof collapsed
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mercy (mercies, present participle mercying; past and past participle mercied)

  1. To feel mercy
  2. To show mercy; to pardon or treat leniently because of mercy
  1. Expressing surprise or alarm.
    Mercy! Look at the state of you!

Proper noun
  1. A female given name, one of the less common Puritan virtue names.
    • 1844 Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, Chapter 2:
      Mr Pecksniff was a moral man — a grave man, a man of noble sentiments and speech — and he had had her christened Mercy. Mercy! oh, what a charming name for such a pure–souled Being as the youngest Miss Pecksniff! Her sister’s name was Charity. There was a good thing! Mercy and Charity!
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