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English definition of “merciful”

merciful

adjective uk   /ˈmɜː.sɪ.fəl/ us    /ˈmɝː-/ approving

merciful adjective (PERSON)

C2 someone who is merciful is willing to be kind to and forgive people who are in their power: "God is merciful," said the priest. a merciful ruler

merciful adjective (EVENT/SITUATION)

describes an event or situation that you are grateful for because it stops something unpleasant: After such a long illness, her death came as a merciful release.
mercifully
adverb uk   /-i/ approving us  
His illness was mercifully brief.
(Definition of merciful from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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