Mercy (Middle English, from Anglo-French merci, from Medieval Latin merced-, merces, from Latin, “price paid, wages”, from merc-, merxi “merchandise”) is benevolence, forgiveness, and kindness in a variety of ethical, religious, social, and legal contexts.
The concept of a merciful God appears in various religions, including Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Performing acts of mercy as a component of religious beliefs is also emphasized through actions such as the giving of alms, and care for the sick and Works of Mercy.
In the social and legal context, mercy may refer both to compassionate behavior on the part of those in power (e.g. mercy shown by a judge toward a convict), or on the part of a humanitarian third party, e.g., a mission of mercy aiming to treat war victims.
“The Princess brought grace to an otherwise dull and boring party.”
A short prayer of thanks before or after a meal.
“It has become less common to say grace before having dinner.”
In the games of special move that is rules.
A grace note.
Elegant balance or poise.
“The dancer moved with grace and strength.”
An time granted to a free of at least part of his normal obligations towards the creditor.
“The repayment of the loan starts after a three-year grace.”
Free and favour, especially of divine humans for their sin.
“I’m so grateful to God for the grace that He has given me.”
An act or decree of the governing body of an English university.
To adorn; to decorate; to embellish and dignify.
“He graced the room with his presence.”
“He graced the room by simply being there.”
“His portrait graced a landing on the stairway.”
To dignify or raise by an act of favour; to honour.
To supply with heavenly grace.
To add grace notes, cadenzas, etc., to.
Relenting; forbearance to cause or allow harm to another.
“She took mercy on him and quit embarrassing him.”
Forgiveness or compassion, especially toward those less fortunate.
“Have mercy on the poor and assist them if you can.”
A tendency toward forgiveness, pity, or compassion.
“Mercy is one of his many virtues.”
Instances of forbearance or forgiveness.
“Psalms 40:11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord”
A blessing; something to be thankful for.
“It was a mercy that we were not inside when the roof collapsed”
To feel mercy
To show mercy; to pardon or treat leniently because of mercy
Expressing surprise or alarm.
“Mercy! Look at the state of you!”
compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm
“the boy was screaming and begging for mercy”
“the mercies of God”
an event to be grateful for, because it prevents something unpleasant or provides relief from suffering
“his death was in a way a mercy”
(especially of a journey or mission) performed out of a desire to relieve suffering
“mercy missions to refugees caught up in the fighting”
used in expressions of surprise or fear
“‘Mercy me!’ uttered Mrs Diggory”