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mercy

mer·cy

mercy

 
 
pronunciation:
muhr si
phrases:
at the mercy of
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part of speech: noun
inflections: mercies
definition 1: kind treatment by someone who has some power over another.
The principal showed mercy to the students who broke the window.
similar words:
compassion, forgiveness, humanity, kindness
definition 2: something to be thankful for.
The early arrival of spring was a mercy we did not expect.
synonyms:
blessing
similar words:
boon, bounty, gift
phrase: at the mercy of
Word History
Mercy comes from a Latin word that means "reward or wages."