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English definition of “mercy”

mercy

noun (KINDNESS)    /ˈmɜː.si/ US  /ˈmɝː-/
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.Lenient and merciful 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.Weakness and vulnerability
(Definition of mercy noun (KINDNESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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