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merciful

[mur-si-fuh l] /ˈmɜr sɪ fəl/
adjective
1.
full of mercy; characterized by, expressing, or showing mercy; compassionate:
a merciful God.
Origin of merciful
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see mercy, -ful
Related forms
mercifully, adverb
mercifulness, noun
overmerciful, adjective
overmercifully, adverb
overmercifulness, noun
Synonyms
kind, clement, lenient, forgiving, benignant, tender, sympathetic.
Antonyms
cruel, relentless.
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Examples from the web for mercifully
  • The director left things open for a fourth installment, but mercifully the series was left to wither.
  • Also it was mercifully hid by the mill buildings from any view from the house.
  • We had slipped into a part of the world that mercifully the internal combustion engine had failed to conquer.
  • On a hopeful return later that afternoon the line had mercifully disappeared.
  • The prospective candidates each gave mercifully brief speeches.
  • The judge, mercifully, didn't grant a preliminary injunction against the law.
  • mercifully, some in the military upheld their own honor and disseminated the pictures.
  • But in plays these vexing questions are mercifully moot: the characters speak for themselves.
  • mercifully, hydrophobia usually gives way to deeper unconsciousness within three or four days.
  • Steven mercifully doesn't add to the pressure of the moment.
British Dictionary definitions for mercifully

mercifully

/ˈmɜːsɪfʊlɪ/
adverb
1.
in a way that shows mercy; compassionately: mercifully put down
2.
(sentence modifier) fortunately; one is relieved to say that: mercifully, all went well

merciful

/ˈmɜːsɪfʊl/
adjective
1.
showing or giving mercy; compassionate
Derived Forms
mercifulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mercifully

merciful

adj.

mid-14c.; see mercy + -ful. Related: Mercifully.

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