|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 Proverb.
Synonyms -- Compassionate; tender; humane; gracious; kind; mild; clement; benignant.
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