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 Dictionary entry overview: What does merciful mean? 

MERCIFUL (adjective)
  The adjective MERCIFUL has 2 senses:

1. showing or giving mercy
2. (used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious

  Familiarity information: MERCIFUL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

MERCIFUL (adjective)

Sense 1merciful [BACK TO TOP]


Showing or giving mercy

Context examples:

sought merciful treatment for the captives / a merciful god


compassionate (showing merciful compassion)


clement ((used of persons or behavior) inclined to show mercy)

compassionate (showing or having compassion)

soft (compassionate and kind; conciliatory)

humane (marked or motivated by concern with the alleviation of suffering)

kind (having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior)


merciless (having or showing no mercy)

Sense 2merciful [BACK TO TOP]


(used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious

Context example:

our merciful king


gracious (characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit)

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