merciful

[ mur-si-fuhl ]
/ ˈmɜr sɪ fəl /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. mercia,
  2. mercian,
  3. mercier,
  4. mercier's bar,
  5. mercier, désiré joseph,
  6. mercifully,
  7. merciless,
  8. mercilessly,
  9. merckx,
  10. merckx, eddy

Origin of merciful

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

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British Dictionary definitions for mercifulness

merciful

/ (ˈmɜːsɪfʊl) /

adjective

showing or giving mercy; compassionate
Derived Formsmercifulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for mercifulness

merciful

adj.

mid-14c.; see mercy + -ful. Related: Mercifully.

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