Definition of Merciful

1. Adjective. Showing or giving mercy. "A merciful god"


2. Adjective. (used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious. "Our merciful king"
Similar to: Gracious
Derivative terms: Mercifulness

Definition of Merciful

1. a. Full of mercy; having or exercising mercy; disposed to pity and spare offenders; unwilling to punish.

Definition of Merciful

1. Adjective. showing mercy ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Merciful

1. full of mercy [adj]

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Literary usage of Merciful

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"THE CHAPTER OF THE merciful IN the name of the merciful and compassionate God. The merciful taught the Qur'an; He created man, taught him plain speech. ..."

2. New Testament Illustrations: Comprising Choice Selections, Anecdotes by William Basil Jones (1875)
""WE HAVE A merciful GOD." Not by works of righteousness which we have done, ... True, we have a merciful God; but nowhere in the Bible is there the least ..."

3. The Works of President Edwards: With a Memoir of His Life by Jonathan Edwards, David Brainerd (1830)
"This the scripture asserts both ways ; it asserts that if we be of a merciful spirit, God will be merciful to us : Matt. v. 7. " Blessed are the merciful, ..."

4. The Works of President Edwards: With a Memoir of His Life by Jonathan Edwards, Sereno Edwards Dwight (1829)
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. ... On the other hand it tells us, that if we be not merciful, God will not be merciful to us, ..."

5. Looking Backward, 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy (1888)
"Fortunate is he who, with a case so desperate as mine, finds a judge so merciful. ,' ... merciful."

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