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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, compassionate, and lenient treatment of someone over whom one has some power, as through the administration of justice.
synonyms:
clemency
similar words:
benevolence, compassion, forgiveness, humanity, indulgence, kindness, leniency, lenity, quarter
definition 2: an act of mercy, or the tendency to be merciful.
synonyms:
clemency, compassion
similar words:
benevolence, forgiveness, indulgence, kindness, leniency, pardon
definition 3: something to be thankful for; blessing.
synonyms:
blessing
similar words:
boon, bounty, gift
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phrase: at the mercy of
Word History
Mercy comes from a Latin word that means "reward or wages."