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[mur-see] /ˈmɜr si/
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • For mercys sake, never encourage the idea in Russia that anything can be done without training.

    Smoke Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich
  • Oh, for mercys sake, cease discussing my affairs in my presence!

  • mercys mother had taken the girl in for a night, and fed her.

  • For mercys sake, do not be so rude to him, so hard, for I have heard how you treat him.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • Then how, for mercys sake, did you get down here, will you tell me?

    The Trail Boys on the Plains Jay Winthrop Allen
  • For mercys sake, why not see her all you want to all the rest of the evening?

    Betty Lee, Senior Harriet Pyne Grove
  • Oddly enough, however, Ruth found some trace of Sadie at mercys house, where the girls in the automobile next went to call.

  • She turned to the little boy but Jonathan, made courageous by Desires bravery, had gone to mercys side.

    Boys and Girls of Colonial Days Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • Now that you two can make no more trouble for yourselves, in mercys name give me my dinner.

    Lola Owen Davis
  • And you women, go back to your homesand clean up, for mercys sake!

British Dictionary definitions for mercys


noun (pl) -cies
compassionate treatment of or attitude towards an offender, adversary, etc, who is in one's power or care; clemency; pity
the power to show mercy: to throw oneself on someone's mercy
a relieving or welcome occurrence or state of affairs: his death was a mercy after weeks of pain
at the mercy of, in the power of
Word Origin
C12: from Old French, from Latin mercēs wages, recompense, price, from merx goods
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Word Origin and History for mercys



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 In French largely superseded by miséricorde except as a word of thanks.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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mercys in the Bible

compassion for the miserable. Its object is misery. By the atoning sacrifice of Christ a way is open for the exercise of mercy towards the sons of men, in harmony with the demands of truth and righteousness (Gen. 19:19; Ex. 20:6; 34:6, 7; Ps. 85:10; 86:15, 16). In Christ mercy and truth meet together. Mercy is also a Christian grace (Matt. 5:7; 18:33-35).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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