(noun, verb)


1. leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice

- he threw himself on the mercy of the court

Similar word(s): clemency, mercifulness

Definition categories: act, lenience, leniency

2. a disposition to be kind and forgiving

Similar word(s): mercifulness

Definition categories: attribute, humaneness

3. the feeling that motivates compassion

Similar word(s): mercifulness

Definition categories: feeling, compassion, compassionateness

4. something for which to be thankful

- it was a mercy we got out alive

Definition categories: state, blessing, boon

5. alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed

- distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy

Definition categories: act, ministration, relief, succor, succour

Sentences with mercy as a noun:

- She took mercy on him and quit embarrassing him.

- Have mercy on the poor and assist them if you can.

- Mercy is one of his many virtues.

- It was a mercy that we were not inside when the roof collapsed


1. (obsolete) To thank.