noun, plural mer·cies for 4, 5.
Origin of mercy
Synonyms for mercy
Antonyms for mercy
Related Words for mercypity, benevolence, generosity, forgiveness, blessing, leniency, sympathy, clemency, goodwill, tolerance, grace, charity, kindliness, ruth, gentleness, lenity, commiseration, favor, mildness, godsend
Examples from the Web for mercy
Contemporary Examples of mercy
But give the Kingdom credit for its sense of mercy: The lashes will be administered only 50 at a time.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
If mercy is not preached by a national figure we take seriously, our battles over policy power will grow ever more merciless.
Policy is about wielding power, while mercy is about transcending power by renouncing it.
Canned drinks like Mercy contain up 5,000 percent of the daily value of certain vitamins.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
Patterson decided that meant they just left the eaglets at the mercy of whatever danger arose.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
Historical Examples of mercy
There, I thought I'd reveal the distressing truth about myself while I had you at my mercy.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But the Marquis has no mercy on the performances of poor Miss Pardoe.
It was awful to Harriett that her father should be ill, lying there at their mercy.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
He was merciful only when you paid for His mercy in advance.The Conquest of Fear
Oh, miss, ain't it a mercy everybody ain't so like your own!Weighed and Wanting
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 In French largely superseded by miséricorde except as a word of thanks.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.