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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)

used to say that you are grateful for an event or situation because it stops something unpleasant: After such a long illness, her death came as a merciful release.
mercifully
adverb uk   us   /-i/ approving
His suffering was mercifully brief.
Translations of “merciful”
in Korean 자비로운…
in Arabic رَحيم…
in Portuguese misericordioso, clemente…
in Catalan compassiu…
in Japanese 慈悲深い…
in Italian pietoso, misericordioso…
in Chinese (Traditional) 人, 寬大的, 慈悲的,仁慈的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人, 宽大的, 慈悲的,仁慈的…
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