merciful merciful  /ˈmɜr sɪ fəl/


  1. (adj) showing or giving mercy
  2. (adj) (used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious


  1. We allow for the removal of feeding tubes, the withdrawal of respirators, the replacement of aggressive treatment with palliative care; these can all be wise and merciful choices.
  2. There was as yet no evidence that Ford's motives were other than high-minded and merciful.
  3. Ergo the deeds of the Japanese Army, done exclusively in His Majesty's divine name, must be just, right and essentially merciful deeds.


  1. Pope tells nuncios to help him find new bishops who are meek, merciful

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Tracing the characteristics he wants to see in candidates to serve as bishops, Pope Francis said they must be "pastors who are close to their people, fathers and brothers, who are meek, patient and merciful."
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Catholic News Service

  2. Domingo Elizardo Hernandez

    Our loving, merciful Jesus the Christ welcomed his faithful servant Domingo Elizardo Hernandez, 78, to his celestial home on Friday, January 18, 2013, at 11:25 PM. He was surrounded by his daughters just as he had always faithfully surrounded them in person or in fervent, faithful prayer.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Borger News-Herald

  3. The Bruins Are Looking Impenetrable Again

    After a 2-0 win—a merciful regulation win—Boston finds itself halfway to a Stanley Cup, so it's not too early to start thinking Conn Smythe. That talk begins and ends with the man in net, but that's only because MVP can't be a team award. Backed by second period goals from Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron (off a laser-guided pass from Jaromir Jagr), Tuukka Rask stopped all 28 shots he faced ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Deadspin


  1. "I ask you to be as merciful as a human being can be," said Jones, who cried on her husband's shoulder after she was sentenced.
    on Jan 11, 2008 By: Marion Jones Source: CNN International

  2. The group's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, said Sunday Hezbollah had lost "a merciful father, a wise leader and ...... a strong backer."
    on Jul 4, 2010 By: Hassan Nasrallah Source: The Canadian Press

  3. "Dear faithful people," Hussein added, "I say goodbye to you, but I will be with the merciful God who helps those who take refuge in him and who will never disappoint any honest believer."
    on Dec 27, 2006 By: Saddam Hussein Source: CNN

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