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"merciful" in British English

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mercifuladjective

uk   /ˈmɜː.sɪ.fəl/  us   /ˈmɝː.sɪ.fəl/ approving
  • merciful adjective (PERSON)

C2 someone who is merciful is ​willing to be ​kind to and ​forgivepeople who are in ​theirpower: "​God is merciful," said the ​priest. a merciful ​ruler
mercifully
adverb uk   /ˈmɜː.sɪ.fəl.i/  us   /ˈmɝː.sɪ.fəl.i/ approving
His ​suffering was mercifully brief.
(Definition of merciful from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"merciful" in American English

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mercifuladjective

 us   /ˈmɜr·sɪ·fəl/
kind and ​forgiving: Judges are sometimes more merciful than a ​jury.
(Definition of merciful from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “merciful”
in Arabic رَحيم…
in Korean 자비로운…
in Portuguese misericordioso, clemente…
in Catalan compassiu…
in Japanese 慈悲深い…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人, 宽大的, 慈悲的,仁慈的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 人, 寬大的, 慈悲的,仁慈的…
in Italian pietoso, misericordioso…
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