Can real justice, mercy, and compassion be demanded for those in a foreign land and not for those closer to home?
While Mahoney prayed, Rev. Rob Schenck turned his palms to the sky and muttered, “Yes” and “Have mercy” over and over.
But for all its flaws, we need it and other mechanisms to temper justice with mercy.
Right then I knew for certain: there was indeed no mercy in Hell Week.
I nodded and explained, also with a sigh, that I understood, that we were at the mercy of the markets, and alas—alas!
"He has me at his mercy now," thought Heyst, without particular excitement.
The very best among them can have neither justice nor mercy!
But out of the sky came a voice and it cried 'mercy—mercy to him!'
The fellow had him at his mercy, and what, after all, did he know of Uncle Bill?
You say you have come as messengers of mercy to us, and as the messengers of the nations.
late 12c., "God's forgiveness of his creatures' offenses," from Old French mercit, merci (9c.) "reward, gift; kindness, grace, pity," from Latin mercedem (nominative merces) "reward, wages, pay hire" (in Vulgar Latin "favor, pity"), from merx (genitive mercis) "wares, merchandise" (see market (n.)). In Church Latin (6c.) applied to the heavenly reward of those who show kindness to the helpless.
Meaning "disposition to forgive or show compassion" is attested from early 13c. As an interjection, attested from mid-13c. In French largely superseded by miséricorde except as a word of thanks. Seat of mercy "golden covering of the Ark of the Covenant" (1530) is Tyndale's loan-translation of Luther's gnadenstuhl, an inexact rendering of Hebrew kapporeth, literally "propitiatory."