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English Dictionary: merciful by the DICT Development Group
2 results for merciful
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. showing or giving mercy; "sought merciful treatment for the captives"; "a merciful god"
    Antonym(s): merciless, unmerciful
  2. (used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious; "our merciful king"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Merciful \Mer"ci*ful\, a. [Mercy + -ful.]
      1. Full of mercy; having or exercising mercy; disposed to
            pity and spare offenders; unwilling to punish.
                     The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious. --Ex.
                                                                              xxxiv. 6.
                     Be merciful, great duke, to men of mold. --Shak.
      2. Unwilling to give pain; compassionate.
                     A merciful man will be merciful to his beast. --Old
      Syn: Compassionate; tender; humane; gracious; kind; mild;
               clement; benignant. -- {Mer"ci*ful*ly}, adv. --
               {Mer"ci*ful*ness}, n.
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