mercy - definition and synonyms

 
noun [uncountable] 

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/ˈmɜː(r)si/
singularmercy
pluralmercies
  1. the act of forgiving someone or not treating them severely, especially someone who you have the authority to punish

    In this state, with hundreds on death row, mercy is a rare commodity.

    show someone mercy (=behave with mercy towards them):

    The courts are expected to show them mercy in these situations.

    beg/plead/pray for mercy:

    She got on her knees and begged for mercy.