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MERCIFUL

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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]

Meaning:

Showing or giving mercy

Context examples:

sought merciful treatment for the captives / a merciful god

Similar:

compassionate (showing merciful compassion)

Also:

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)

Antonym:

merciless (having or showing no mercy)


Sense 2merciful [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious

Context example:

our merciful king

Similar:

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


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