1. [ noun ] (law) leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
Synonyms: mercifulness clemency

"he threw himself on the mercy of the court"

Related terms: lenience reprieve amnesty commutation
2. [ noun ] a disposition to be kind and forgiving
Synonyms: mercifulness

"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
Synonyms: mercifulness
Related terms: compassion forgiveness
4. [ noun ] something for which to be thankful

"it was a mercy we got out alive"

Related terms: blessing
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"

Related terms: relief
Similar spelling:   Merrick