Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun mercy

5 senses of mercy

Sense 1
clemency, mercifulness, mercy -- (leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice; "he threw himself on the mercy of the court")
       => lenience, leniency -- (lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers)

Sense 2
mercifulness, mercy -- (a disposition to be kind and forgiving; "in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband")
       => humaneness -- (the quality of compassion or consideration for others (people or animals))

Sense 3
mercifulness, mercy -- (the feeling that motivates compassion)
       => compassion, compassionateness -- (a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering)

Sense 4
mercy -- (something for which to be thankful; "it was a mercy we got out alive")
       => blessing, boon -- (a desirable state; "enjoy the blessings of peace"; "a spanking breeze is a boon to sailors")

Sense 5
mercy -- (alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed; "distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy")
       => relief, succor, succour, ministration -- (assistance in time of difficulty; "the contributions provided some relief for the victims")

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