[ mur-see ]
/ ˈmɜr si /
noun, plural mer·cies for 4, 5.
compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power; compassion, pity, or benevolence: Have mercy on the poor sinner.
the disposition to be compassionate or forbearing: an adversary wholly without mercy.
the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment, especially to send to prison rather than invoke the death penalty.
an act of kindness, compassion, or favor: She has performed countless small mercies for her friends and neighbors.
something that gives evidence of divine favor; blessing: It was just a mercy we had our seat belts on when it happened.
at the mercy of, entirely in the power of; subject to: They were at the mercy of their captors.Also at one's mercy.
Origin of mercy
1125–75; Middle English merci < Old French, earlier mercit < Latin mercēd- (stem of mercēs) wages (Late Latin, Medieval Latin: heavenly reward), derivative of merx goods
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British Dictionary definitions for at one's mercy
/ (ˈmɜːsɪ) /
noun plural -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 mercyto throw oneself on someone's mercy
a relieving or welcome occurrence or state of affairshis death was a mercy after weeks of pain
at the mercy of in the power of
Word Origin for mercy
C12: from Old French, from Latin mercēs wages, recompense, price, from merx goods
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Idioms and Phrases with at one's mercy
see at the mercy of.
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