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mer·cy / ˈmərsē/ • n. (pl. -cies) compassion or forgiveness shown toward 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, esp. because its occurrence prevents something unpleasant or provides relief from suffering: his death was in a way a mercy. ∎  [as adj.] (esp. of a journey or mission) performed out of a desire to relieve suffering; motivated by compassion: mercy missions to refugees caught up in the fighting. • interj. archaic used in expressions of surprise or fear: “Mercy me!” uttered Mrs. Garfield. PHRASES: at the mercy of completely in the power or under the control of: consumers were at the mercy of every rogue in the marketplace. be thankful (or grateful) for small mercies be relieved that an unpleasant situation is alleviated by minor advantages. have mercy on (or upon) show compassion or forgiveness to: may the Lord have mercy on her soul. leave someone/something to the mercy of expose someone or something to a situation of probable danger or harm: the forest is left to the mercy of the loggers. throw oneself on someone's mercy intentionally place oneself in someone's hands in the expectation that they will behave mercifully toward one. ORIGIN: Middle English: from Old French merci ‘pity’ or ‘thanks,’ from Latin merces, merced- ‘reward,’ in Christian Latin ‘pity, favor, heavenly reward.’

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mercy be thankful for small mercies be relieved that an unpleasant situation is alleviated by minor advantages.
mercy seat the golden covering placed upon the Ark of the Covenant, regarded as the resting-place of God; the throne of God in Heaven. The term is found in Exodus 25:17.
throw oneself on someone's mercy intentionally place oneself in someone's power in the expectation that they will behave mercifully towards one.

See also seven corporal works of mercy, seven spiritual works of mercy.

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mercy XII. — (O)F. merci, now chiefly in sense ‘thanks’ and in phr. á la merci de in the absolute power of:- L. mercēs, mercēd- pay, reward, wages, revenue, in ChrL. used for misericordia pity and gratiæ thanks.
Hence merciful XIII, merciless XIV.

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mercyarsy-versy, Circe, mercy, Percy, pursy •colonelcy • verdancy • conversancy •conservancy, fervency •curtsy • controversy

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