Definition of mercifully in English:


Line breaks: mer¦ci|ful¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈməːsɪfʊli
, -f(ə)li/


  • 1In a merciful manner: God had acted mercifully
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    • Israel has a moral responsibility to act justly and mercifully when dealing with her own citizens and others.
    • The very word sickens me, and the thought of my own sisters acting mercifully is almost too much to bear!
    • The wreath tradition stuck around until he mercifully ended it.
  • 2 [sentence adverb] To one’s great relief; fortunately: mercifully, the event passed off without incident
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    • The sudden and, as it turns out, mercifully brief closure of Fibbers threw into sharp relief the lack of venues for live music in York.
    • Allie made her way onto the beach, still clumsy legs getting relief in the mercifully soft sand.
    • That is the view of two leading experts on the topic who, yesterday, published a mercifully brief and clear summation of the situation.
    luckily, fortunately, happily, thank goodness/God/heavens

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