Definition of merciful in English:



  • 1Showing or exercising mercy.

    ‘William did not believe in being merciful to those who fought against him’
    • ‘It continued: ‘You are merciful to all because you can do all things’.’
    • ‘The rabbis tell us that ‘he who is merciful to the cruel will feel indifference for the innocent.’’
    • ‘William did not believe in being merciful to those who fought against him.’
    • ‘Being a servant means always wanting to help others; it is being compassionate and merciful.’
    • ‘So the generous, merciful boys in blue gave him his own space.’
    • ‘Blessed are you, my sisters, when you are merciful to the oppressed.’
    • ‘To Rich, his brother suddenly appeared as some benign leader, the merciful father taking his excitable daughters on holiday.’
    • ‘Be merciful to the other creations so the Creator will have mercy on you.’
    • ‘At least he would be more merciful to them and give them a quick end.’
    • ‘May He show His face to you and be merciful to you.’
    • ‘I think that in turn we should be merciful to those who sin against us, without our mercy leading us to neglect our responsibilities to others.’
    • ‘He was merciful to me and my family, especially my parents.’
    • ‘The difficult task is to find ways of being merciful to the guilty without being cruel to the innocent.’
    • ‘His teachings included temperance, being thankful to the Creator, merciful to children and the poor, and the evil of greed and pride.’
    • ‘Is this the action of a merciful and compassionate loving deity?’
    • ‘I'm happy and glad to see that God is merciful and generous towards all people, whether they are religious or not.’
    • ‘Still, that same crowd was merciful to the ignorant.’
    • ‘It is, to say the least, difficult to understand how it is possible to be loving and merciful to people one is trying to kill.’
    • ‘They instilled fear into every ship that crossed their waters, though they often were merciful to those who surrendered.’
    • ‘The expression on the goddess' face was merciful and compassionate.’
    forgiving, compassionate, gracious, lenient, clement, pitying, forbearing, humane, mild, soft-hearted, tender-hearted, kind, kindly, sympathetic
    show mercy to, have mercy on, have pity on, spare, pardon, forgive, let off, be lenient on, be lenient to, deal leniently with
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    1. 1.1 (of an event) coming as a mercy; bringing someone relief from something unpleasant.
      ‘her death was a merciful release’
      • ‘With the unfairness of it all, the final whistle was a merciful relief.’
      • ‘My yearning and lust for this movie was unquenchable at the time, rivaling my current prayers for a quick and merciful death.’
      • ‘For a while there, it didn't seem like it was ever going to happen but 1998 has finally come to a merciful end.’
      • ‘So perhaps he was pleading for a merciful death?’
      • ‘Captain America has just been asked if he wants to surrender and receive a quick and merciful death.’
      • ‘There is no shelter for them to find merciful relief from their vilification.’
      • ‘The most the Old Testament writers hope for is a ripe old age ended by a quick and merciful death.’
      • ‘It may be that the gods are merciful when they make our lives more unpleasant as we grow old.’
      • ‘But we do not seem to be getting anything like the amount of government we pay for (which might come to some people as a merciful relief).’
      • ‘It's also a taste of things to come, a reward for the patient, and a merciful release for the tortured.’
      • ‘When a disabled child dies some people think it is a merciful release but it was the beginning of a nightmare for us.’
      • ‘So we let the brief conversation come to a merciful end and they started to walk away.’
      • ‘Instead of compelling the patient to lead the terrible life of an invalid, the doctor should have let the patient die a merciful death, the media argued.’
      • ‘After the merciful demise of her husband in 1842 her activities became less camouflaged and in the 1850s she was involving herself in the serf problem.’
      • ‘His death was undoubtedly merciful, but he left a sad gap among his dwindling circle of friends.’
      • ‘Perhaps, in the light of her illness, it was a merciful release.’
      • ‘Confused he walked back to dying chief, he was calling out for a merciful death.’
      • ‘After reading about 40 pages, she fell into a merciful, dreamless sleep.’
      • ‘It's a merciful release from reliance on parents, one's own way to the movies or a friend's house.’
      • ‘Bombing would have been, it was believed, a merciful end to those who suffered unimaginable horrors there.’
      welcome, blessed, acceptable
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