Definition of mercifully in English:



  • 1In a merciful manner.

    ‘God had acted mercifully’
    • ‘Thankfully, the market forces are mercifully in our favor as there are plans to start a professional cricket league in America.’
    • ‘How will we wage war mercifully, when he may deliberately move his military forces right next to civilians?’
    • ‘Israel has a moral responsibility to act justly and mercifully when dealing with her own citizens and others.’
    • ‘In both cases we have been mercifully spared the full fury.’
    • ‘The wreath tradition stuck around until he mercifully ended it.’
    • ‘‘What a strange way to die,’ he thinks, sure that it's all over, but mercifully they are all spared.’
    • ‘So death then came suddenly and swiftly and mercifully.’
    • ‘He is more dead than alive, and a diabolic revenge on him might have been to just let him suffer on, rather than mercifully put him out of his misery.’
    • ‘The squally showers that drenched the area before kick off had mercifully ceased by the time Chris took an early long-range penalty.’
    • ‘We hung on this way for about 5 years or so and then, mercifully, Cappi's was sold.’
    • ‘When the referee mercifully signalled a conclusion, the short burst of booing from the supporters became the most eloquent action of a pitiful fixture.’
    • ‘In the case of the dead, we commend them to the mercy of God (as the Pope did) and ask that he judge them mercifully.’
    • ‘The very word sickens me, and the thought of my own sisters acting mercifully is almost too much to bear!’
    • ‘How did it all end, when it eventually and mercifully did?’
    • ‘Another factor to why euthanasia is such a difficult subject is that it is a complicated task to decide whether someone is of sound mind, or is justifiable to kill mercifully.’
    • ‘At this point, Zack's Aunt mercifully intervened and took him inside to feed him some pasta and fudgsicles.’
    • ‘Although foot and mouth has mercifully spared Helmsley's farmers so far, they are worried about the potential for infection, he said.’
  • 2[sentence adverb] To one's great relief; fortunately.

    ‘mercifully, the event passed off without incident’
    • ‘The sudden and, as it turns out, mercifully brief closure of Fibbers threw into sharp relief the lack of venues for live music in York.’
    • ‘It would be mercifully brief, but it probably wouldn't do the sheer awfulness of this film justice.’
    • ‘Stylistically, this mercifully brief book reeks of dissertation padding.’
    • ‘Lots of us there lost loved ones, but only for terrifying and mercifully brief moments.’
    • ‘It was mercifully brief; the preacher lost his balance and fell into the crowd.’
    • ‘They are mercifully brief and my replies are even briefer.’
    • ‘Then there is Currency Lad, who was posting reviews before his mercifully brief retirement.’
    • ‘Allie made her way onto the beach, still clumsy legs getting relief in the mercifully soft sand.’
    • ‘Thankfully, Patton's scene amounts to little more than a mercifully brief cameo.’
    • ‘The sources of these recessions varied, but all were mercifully brief, thanks in some measure to government policy.’
    • ‘That is the view of two leading experts on the topic who, yesterday, published a mercifully brief and clear summation of the situation.’
    • ‘Well at least their introductory sequence and FBI warning is mercifully brief.’
    • ‘The event itself was well organised and mercifully free of the marketing hype that often comes with the introduction of new technology.’
    • ‘The first, next Thursday, will involve Gareth and I running off together to be wed in a mercifully brief ceremony.’
    • ‘The work is, mercifully, brief, for the ensuing cacophony could deafen even the toughest eardrum.’
    • ‘Martin turned the ball over twice and committed two fouls during his mercifully brief stint.’
    • ‘During her mercifully brief stay she managed to squeeze in the following complaints.’
    • ‘Apart from a savage, but mercifully brief, bout of hitting by Adam Gilchrist in the early overs, the innings had belonged very much to England.’
    • ‘In a mercifully brief office scene, it becomes clear that Linda is the equivalent of Dracula's Jonathan Harker.’
    • ‘He lasted for seven more years, and concerning these, the authors are mercifully brief.’
    luckily, fortunately, happily, thank god, thank goodness, thank heavens
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