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clemency

clem·en·cy

clemency

 
 
pronunciation:
kle mn si
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part of speech: noun
inflections: clemencies
definition 1: the inclination to be merciful or forgiving; leniency.
Her heart was filled with clemency toward those who had wronged her.
synonyms:
forgiveness, leniency, mercy
antonyms:
mercilessness, ruthlessness
similar words:
compassion, forbearance, indulgence, quarter
definition 2: an act of mercy or forgiveness.
The condemned man's family hoped that the governor would grant him clemency.
synonyms:
forgiveness, leniency, mercy
similar words:
forbearance, indulgence, quarter
definition 3: temperateness, as of weather.
synonyms:
mildness, temperateness
antonyms:
inclemency
similar words:
clearness, fairness
Word Parts
The word clemency contains the following part:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.