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English definition of “mercy”

mercy

noun uk   /ˈmɜː.si/ us    /ˈmɝː-/

mercy noun (KINDNESS)

C2 [U] kindness that makes you forgive someone, usually someone that you have authority over: She appealed to the judge to have mercy on her husband. The prisoners pleaded for mercy. The gunmen showed no mercy, killing innocent men and women. be at the mercy of sb/sth C2 to be in a situation where someone or something has complete power over you: Poor people are increasingly at the mercy of money-lenders.

mercy noun (EVENT/SITUATION)

[S] an event or situation that you are grateful for because it stops something unpleasant: After months of suffering, his death was a mercy. They were on a mercy mission to take food to the refugees when they were attacked.
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