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clemency

[klem-uh n-see] /ˈklɛm ən si/
noun, plural clemencies.
1.
the quality of being clement; disposition to show forbearance, compassion, or forgiveness in judging or punishing; leniency; mercy.
2.
an act or deed showing mercy or leniency.
3.
(of the weather) mildness or temperateness.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin clēmentia. See clement, -cy
Related forms
overclemency, noun
Synonyms
1. forgivingness, gentleness, mercifulness.
Antonyms
1. harshness. 3. severity.
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Examples for clemency
  • He had asked the governor not to grant him clemency.
  • The parole board, however, later recommended against clemency.
  • There were no arguments in support of clemency made at this hearing.
British Dictionary definitions for clemency

clemency

/ˈklɛmənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
mercy or leniency
2.
mildness, esp of the weather
Word Origin
C15: from Latin clēmentia, from clēmēns gentle
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Word Origin and History for clemency
clemency
1550s, "mildness or gentleness shown in exercise of authority," from L. clementia "calmness, gentleness," from clementem (nom. clemens) "calm, mild," related to -clinare "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Meaning "mildness of weather or climate" is 1660s; clement (adj.) is older in both senses, late 15c. and 1620s respectively, but now is used only in negation and only of the weather.
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