merciful

[ mur-si-fuhl ]
/ ˈmɜr sɪ fəl /

adjective

full of mercy; characterized by, expressing, or showing mercy; compassionate: a merciful God.

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Origin of merciful

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at mercy, -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for mercifully (1 of 2)

mercifully
/ (ˈmɜːsɪfʊlɪ) /

adverb

in a way that shows mercy; compassionatelymercifully put down
(sentence modifier) fortunately; one is relieved to say thatmercifully, all went well

British Dictionary definitions for mercifully (2 of 2)

merciful
/ (ˈmɜːsɪfʊl) /

adjective

showing or giving mercy; compassionate

Derived forms of merciful

mercifulness, noun
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