Definition for MER'CI-FUL

MER'CI-FUL, a. [from mercy.]

  1. Having or exercising mercy; compassionate; tender; disposed to pity offenders and to forgive their offenses; unwilling to punish for injuries; applied appropriately to the Supreme Being. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, the Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering and abundant in goodness and truth. Exod. xxxiv.
  2. Compassionate; tender; unwilling to give pain; not cruel. A merciful man will be merciful to his beast.

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