One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she pleads for Titus to be merciful and spare her son’
forgiving, compassionate, gracious, lenient, clement, pitying, forbearing, humane, mild, soft-hearted, tender-hearted, kind, kindly, sympathetic
patient, humanitarian, liberal, easy-going, permissive, tolerant, indulgent, generous, magnanimous, beneficent, benign, benignant, benevolent
2‘her death came as a merciful release’
welcome, blessed, acceptable
show mercy to, have mercy on, have pity on, spare, pardon, forgive, let off, be lenient on, be lenient to, deal leniently with
be easy on, go easy on
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