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English noun: mercifulness

1. mercifulness (feeling) the feeling that motivates compassion


Synonymsmercy


Broader (hypernym)compassion, compassionateness


Narrower (hyponym)forgiveness

2. mercifulness (attribute) a disposition to be kind and forgiving


SamplesIn those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband.


Synonymsmercy


Broader (hypernym)humaneness


Narrower (hyponym)compassion, forgivingness, kindness, lenience, leniency, lenity, mildness, pity


Antonymsunmercifulness, mercilessness

3. mercifulness (act) leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice


SamplesHe threw himself on the mercy of the court.


Synonymsclemency, mercy


Broader (hypernym)lenience, leniency


Narrower (hyponym)amnesty, commutation, free pardon, pardon, quarter, re-sentencing, reprieve, respite









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