merciful Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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"merciful" in American English

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 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)

"merciful" in British English

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uk   /ˈmɜː.sɪ.fəl/  us   /ˈmɝː-/ 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

merciful adjective (EVENT/SITUATION)

used to say that you are ​grateful for an ​event or ​situation because it ​stops something ​unpleasant: After such a ​longillness, her ​death came as a merciful release.
adverb uk   us   /-i/ approving
His ​suffering was mercifully brief.
(Definition of merciful from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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