noun, plural mer·cies for 4, 5.
Origin of mercy
Synonyms for mercy
Antonyms for mercy
Related Words for merciespity, benevolence, generosity, forgiveness, blessing, leniency, sympathy, clemency, goodwill, tolerance, grace, charity, kindliness, ruth, gentleness, lenity, commiseration, favor, mildness, godsend
Examples from the Web for mercies
Historical Examples of mercies
I could only thank God, in my inmost heart, for all his mercies.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
She did not need to hear the minister's careful catalogue of mercies received.Tiverton Tales
These mercies were sent as warnings, but he says that he was too careless to profit by them.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
One is grateful for mercies, but does not groan over them like rheumatism or the lumbago.'Lord Kilgobbin
She is a woman, and no man—Heaven be praised for all His mercies!Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
noun plural -cies
Word Origin for mercy
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 In French largely superseded by miséricorde except as a word of thanks.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."
see at the mercy of.