- 1Showing or exercising mercy: William did not believe in being merciful to those who fought against himMore example sentences
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, benevolenthave mercy on, have pity on, spare, pardon, forgive, let off, be lenient on/to, deal leniently with• informal go/be easy on
- I think that in turn we should be merciful to those who sin against us, without our mercy leading us to neglect our responsibilities to others.
- Be merciful to the other creations so the Creator will have mercy on you.
- The rabbis tell us that ‘he who is merciful to the cruel will feel indifference for the innocent.’
- 1.1(Of an event) coming as a mercy; bringing someone relief from something unpleasant: her death was a merciful releaseMore example sentences
- So we let the brief conversation come to a merciful end and they started to walk away.
- For a while there, it didn't seem like it was ever going to happen but 1998 has finally come to a merciful end.
- The most the Old Testament writers hope for is a ripe old age ended by a quick and merciful death.
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- Pilate is out of his league as he faces Jesus' strong resistance, mysterious mercifulness and unrelenting compassion.
- The sad irony of it all is that God's infinite mercifulness extends to the nether limits where our present breed of politicians abound.
- His belief in God's abiding mercifulness leads him to conclude that the torment of hell cannot be eternal: ‘there was a time when sin did not exist, and there will be a time when it will not exist’.