1. the feeling that motivates compassion
Syn: ↑mercy
Derivationally related forms: ↑merciful
Hypernyms: ↑compassion, ↑compassionateness
Hyponyms: ↑forgiveness
2. a disposition to be kind and forgiving

in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband

Syn: ↑mercy
Ant: ↑mercilessness
Derivationally related forms: ↑merciful
Hypernyms: ↑humaneness
3. leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice

he threw himself on the mercy of the court

Syn: ↑clemency, ↑mercy
Derivationally related forms: ↑merciful, ↑clement (for: ↑clemency)
Hypernyms: ↑lenience, ↑leniency

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