Merciful Mer"ci*ful, a. [Mercy + -ful.] 1. Full of mercy; having or exercising mercy; disposed to pity and spare offenders; unwilling to punish. Opposite of {merciless}. [1913 Webster]

The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious. --Ex. xxxiv. 6. [1913 Webster]

Be merciful, great duke, to men of mold. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Unwilling to give pain; compassionate. [1913 Webster]

A merciful man will be merciful to his beast. --Old Proverb. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Compassionate; tender; humane; gracious; kind; mild; clement; benignant. [1913 Webster] -- {Mer"ci*ful*ly}, adv. -- {Mer"ci*ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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