mercy Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “mercy” - English Dictionary

"mercy" in American English

See all translations

mercynoun [U]

 us   /ˈmɜr·si/
  • mercy noun [U] (KINDNESS)

kindnessshown toward someone whom you have the ​right or ​power to ​punish: He ​begged for mercy. The ​soldiersshowed no mercy toward ​theirprisoners.
  • 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)







"mercy" in British English

See all translations

mercynoun

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, ​killinginnocent men and women.
be at the mercy of sb/sth
C2 to be in a ​situation where someone or something has ​completepower over you: Poor ​people are ​increasingly at the mercy of money-lenders.

expend iconexpend iconMore 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
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

star

a very large ball of burning gas in space that is usually seen from the earth as a point of light in the sky at night

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More