noun, plural mer·cies for 4, 5.
- mercury poisoning,
- mercury program,
- mercury switch,
- mercury-vapor lamp,
- mercury-vapour lamp,
- mercy flight,
- mercy killing,
- mercy seat,
- mercy stroke,
Origin of mercy
Examples from the Web for mercy
But give the Kingdom credit for its sense of mercy: The lashes will be administered only 50 at a time.
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.
Patterson decided that meant they just left the eaglets at the mercy of whatever danger arose.
In one prison he found a cell so narrow and noisome that the poor wretch who inhabited it begged as a mercy for hanging.History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)|John Richard Green
It is by God's mercy that such gleams of hope are sent to strengthen us in our trials.
But she interrupted him impatiently, and said she hated and would have no mercy on you.Mohun, or, The Last Days of Lee and his Paladins|John Esten Cooke
Alice then spoke of mercy and peace to all men, and conjured me for my own sake to spare her destroyer.
First came the glorification, which ended with the words, "Have mercy on me."Resurrection|Leo Tolstoy
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 In French largely superseded by miséricorde except as a word of thanks.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.