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The feeling that motivates compassion.  Synonym: mercy.
A disposition to be kind and forgiving.  Synonym: mercy.
Leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice.  Synonyms: clemency, mercy.

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"Mercifulness" Quotes from Famous Books

... past, either to learn aught or to mend aught; so that I did go the way of an Human, and did shake free from these broodings, and strove unto forgetfulness; which, in truth, doth be both a Terror and a Mercifulness, as doth chance. And I kist Mine Own Maid, with somewhat more of the years within my love; and she to kiss me very sober and dear; and to desire only for my happiness, and to be ...
— The Night Land • William Hope Hodgson

... Puritan organization was from this state of applied truth, the romance shows. Nearly every note in the range of Puritan sympathies is touched by the poet, as he goes on. The still unspoiled tenderness of the young matron who cannot but feel something of mercifulness toward Hester is overruled by the harsh exultation of other women in her open shame. We have the noble and spotless character of Winthrop dimly suggested by the mention of his death on the night of Dimmesdale's vigil at the pillory; but much more distinct appears the mild and ...
— A Study Of Hawthorne • George Parsons Lathrop

... extorted smile the agonies he endures on the few occasions when Mr. Gladstone deems it worth his while to scornfully refer to his apostasy. But, speaking generally, Mr. Gladstone uses his giant powers with extraordinary benignity and mercifulness, and is almost tender with even his bitterest opponents. When, therefore, Mr. Gladstone was being baited by beef-headed Lowther, he for the most part looked simply pained; and took refuge in that far-off ...
— Sketches In The House (1893) • T. P. O'Connor

... least not find me among the number of those who prefer her favor to her safety, and abuse to their own profit that over-tenderness and mercifulness of heart which is the only blemish (and yet, rather like a mole on a fair cheek, but a new beauty) in ...
— Westward Ho! • Charles Kingsley

Words linked to "Mercifulness" :   compassionateness, re-sentencing, lenity, commutation, amnesty, mildness, pity, pardon, merciful, reprieve, respite, mercilessness, forgivingness, kindness, forgiveness, quarter, free pardon, leniency, humaneness, lenience, compassion

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