|1.||[ noun ] (law) leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice|
"he threw himself on the mercy of the court"
|Related terms:||lenience reprieve amnesty commutation|
|2.||[ noun ] a disposition to be kind and forgiving|
"in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"
|Related terms:||mercilessness humaneness compassion lenience forgivingness|
|3.||[ noun ] the feeling that motivates compassion|
|Related terms:||compassion forgiveness|
|4.||[ noun ] something for which to be thankful|
"it was a mercy we got out alive"
|5.||[ noun ] Woman's first name, popularity rank in the U.S. is 1707|
|6.||[ noun ] alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed|
"distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"