Definition of merciful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɜːsɪfl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrsɪfl//
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  1. 1ready to forgive people and show them kindness synonym humane a merciful God They asked her to be merciful to the prisoners. See related entries: Kind
  2. 2(of an event) seeming to be lucky, especially because it brings an end to somebody’s problems or suffering Death came as a merciful release.
  3. see also mercy
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: merciful