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mer·ci·ful

merciful

 
pronunciation:
muhr sih fl
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part of speech: adjective
definition: compassionate or forgiving; taking pity; showing mercy.
The warden decided to be merciful and reduced the prisoner's punishment.The merciful nuns took care of the sick.His captors were merciful toward him because he was old and sick.
synonyms:
compassionate
antonyms:
cruel, merciless, pitiless, unmerciful
similar words:
beneficent, benign, clement, forgiving, gracious, humane, indulgent, kind, lenient, mild, soft-hearted, sparing, sympathetic, tender-hearted
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derivations: mercifully (adv.), mercifulness (n.)
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