[ US /ˈmɝsɪfəɫ/ ]
[ UK /mˈɜːsɪfə‍l/ ]
  1. showing or giving mercy
    sought merciful treatment for the captives
    a merciful god
  2. (used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious
    our merciful king
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How To Use merciful In A Sentence

  • Being at the mercy of an unmerciful Ãresource decisionà ®, right at the end of your life, is unacceptable.
  • The sad fact is that if the Democrats had tried to make a big issue of the matter the press would have criticized them unmercifully for spoiling the 100th birthday celebrations of a great man with their petty partisan politics.
  • After the merciful demise of her husband in 1842 her activities became less camouflaged and in the 1850s she was involving herself in the serf problem.
  • With the unfairness of it all, the final whistle was a merciful relief.
  • If so, then a being cannot be perfectly just and perfectly merciful.
  • Where the Sumerian tale presents the deluge as the work of an intemperate overlord whose attitude to humanity is far from benevolent, whose might may not be right, and offers an ethical opposition to him in figure of a merciful intercessor, the Biblical tale ultimately sanctions the genocidal destruction of most of humanity by ascribing it to a God whose wisdom, justice and mercy are presented as unquestionable. Creative Control - Part 4
  • The sad irony of it all is that God's infinite mercifulness extends to the nether limits where our present breed of politicians abound.
  • Experiencing his mercy should humble us, fill us with gratitude, and move us to be merciful toward those around us.
  • To Rich, his brother suddenly appeared as some benign leader, the merciful father taking his excitable daughters on holiday.
  • The obscurities of literary theory are mercifully avoided, frequently by such witty contemporary reference and colloquial language which bring Shakespeare into the world of today's reader.
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