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Word of the Day
Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Definitions for clemency

  1. Disposition to forgive and spare, as offenders; mercy.
  2. An act or instance of mercy or leniency.
  3. Mildness, especially of weather.

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Citations for clemency
He put in a strong plea for clemency, begging the king to spare the alchemist's life. Janet Gleeson, The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story
The commission . . . hinted that many of those on death row in Illinois deserved clemency. Jodi Wilgoren, International Herald Tribune
Origin of clemency
late Middle English
Clemency comes from Latin clementia, from clemens, "mild, merciful."