|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|—n , pl -cies|
|1.||compassionate treatment of or attitude towards an offender, adversary, etc, who is in one's power or care; clemency; pity|
|2.||the power to show mercy: to throw oneself on someone's mercy|
|3.||a relieving or welcome occurrence or state of affairs: his death was a mercy after weeks of pain|
|4.||at the mercy of in the power of|
|[C12: from Old French, from Latin mercēs wages, recompense, price, from merx goods]|
compassion for the miserable. Its object is misery. By the atoning sacrifice of Christ a way is open for the exercise of mercy towards the sons of men, in harmony with the demands of truth and righteousness (Gen. 19:19; Ex. 20:6; 34:6, 7; Ps. 85:10; 86:15, 16). In Christ mercy and truth meet together. Mercy is also a Christian grace (Matt. 5:7; 18:33-35).
see at the mercy of.