mercy definition, meaning - what is mercy in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “mercy”

See all translations

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.
More examples

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.
(Definition of mercy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of mercy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “mercy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

kick off

the time when a game of football starts, or when it begins again after it has stopped because of a goal, etc.

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More