Meaning of “mercy” in the English Dictionary

"mercy" in British English

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uk /ˈmɜː.si/ us /ˈmɝː.si/

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.

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(Definition of “mercy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mercy" in American English

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mercynoun [ U ]

us /ˈmɜr·si/

mercy noun [ U ] (KINDNESS)

kindness shown toward someone whom you have the right or power to punish:

He begged for mercy.
The soldiers showed no mercy toward their prisoners.

mercy noun [ U ] (LUCK)

something that is considered lucky because it is not as bad as it had been or could have been:

It’s a mercy that no one was hurt in the fire.

(Definition of “mercy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)