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noun [uncountable] mercy pronunciation in American English /ˈmɜrsi/
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  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 toward 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.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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