(?), a. [Mercy + -ful.] 1. Full of mercy; having or exercising mercy; disposed to pity and spare offenders; unwilling to punish. Opposite of merciless.
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The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious.
Ex. xxxiv. 6.
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Be merciful, great duke, to men of mold.
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2. Unwilling to give pain; compassionate.
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A merciful man will be merciful to his beast.
Old Proverb.
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Syn. -- Compassionate; tender; humane; gracious; kind; mild; clement; benignant.
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-- Mer"ci*ful*ly, adv. -- Mer"ci*ful*ness, n.
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