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Wordnet 3.0


1. showing or giving mercy;
- Example: "sought merciful treatment for the captives"
- Example: "a merciful god"

2. (used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious;
- Example: "our merciful king"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

merciful adj 1: showing or giving mercy; "sought merciful treatment for the captives"; "a merciful god" [ant: merciless, unmerciful] 2: (used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious; "our merciful king"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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