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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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  • I had many kittens, and they were treated kindly, and mercifully disposed of.

    Daisy Miranda Eliot Swan
  • And she mercifully refrained from spoken pity, which he felt he could not have borne just then.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • So they mercifully heaped the heavy weights upon him until they had crushed out his life.

    Dulcibel Henry Peterson
  • mercifully, we could not see within that encircling wall of fire.

    Priestess of the Flame Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • He was mercifully treated by imprisonment on bread and water in the Dominican convent until the following Easter.

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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