Mercy to Meropidan
(Mer"cy) n.; pl. Mercies [OE. merci, F. merci, L. merces, mercedis, hire, pay, reward, LL.,
equiv. to misericordia pity, mercy. L. merces is prob. akin to merere to deserve, acquire. See Merit,
and cf. Amerce.]
1. Forbearance to inflict harm under circumstances of provocation, when one has the power to inflict
it; compassionate treatment of an offender or adversary; clemency.
Examples of justice must be made for terror to some; examples of mercy for comfort to others.Bacon.
2. Compassionate treatment of the unfortunate and helpless; sometimes, favor, beneficence. Luke x.
3. Disposition to exercise compassion or favor; pity; compassion; willingness to spare or to help.
In whom mercy lacketh and is not founden.Sir T. Elyot.
4. A blessing regarded as a manifestation of compassion or favor.
The Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.2 Cor. i. 3. Mercy seat (Bib.), the golden cover or lid of the Ark of the Covenant. See Ark, 2. Sisters of Mercy
(R. C. Ch.),a religious order founded in Dublin in the year 1827. Communities of the same name have
since been established in various American cities. The duties of those belonging to the order are, to
attend lying-in hospitals, to superintend the education of girls, and protect decent women out of employment,
to visit prisoners and the sick, and to attend persons condemned to death. To be at the mercy of,
to be wholly in the power of.
Syn. See Grace.
(Merd) n. [F. merde, L. merda.] Ordure; dung. [Obs.] Burton.
(-mere) A combining form meaning part, portion; as, blastomere, epimere.
(Mere) n. [Written also mar.] [OE. mere, AS. mere mere, sea; akin to D. meer lake, OS. meri
sea, OHG. meri, mari, G. meer, Icel. marr, Goth. marei, Russ. more, W. mor, Ir. & Gael. muir,
L. mare, and perh. to L. mori to die, and meaning originally, that which is dead, a waste. Cf. Mortal,
Marine, Marsh, Mermaid, Moor.] A pool or lake. Drayton. Tennyson.
(Mere), n. [Written also meer and mear.] [AS. gem&aemacrre. &radic269.] A boundary. Bacon.
(Mere) v. t. To divide, limit, or bound. [Obs.]
Which meared her rule with Africa.Spenser.
(Mere), n. A mare. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Mere) a. [Superl. Merest. The comparative is rarely or never used.] [L. merus.]
1. Unmixed; pure; entire; absolute; unqualified.
Then entered they the mere, main sea.Chapman.
The sorrows of this world would be mere and unmixed.Jer. Taylor.
2. Only this, and nothing else; such, and no more; simple; bare; as, a mere boy; a mere form.
From mere success nothing can be concluded in favor of any nation.Atterbury.
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