clemency

Say you're playing a role-playing game and you end up in one of the other player's dungeons. You could try begging her for clemency — compassion shown by people in power towards people who rebel or break the law.

Clemency is also a weather word, though nowadays it's much more common to hear people talk about "inclement weather" than, say, "the clemency of the storm." Derived from the Latin for "gentle", it came into usage in the 1550s. If you have trouble remembering its meaning, get rid of the "cle" and replace the "n" with an "r". You're left with "mercy", which more or less means the same thing.

Definitions of clemency
  1. noun
    leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
    synonyms: mercifulness, mercy
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 4 types...
    hide 4 types...
    commutation, re-sentencing
    (law) the reduction in severity of a punishment imposed by law
    amnesty, free pardon, pardon
    the formal act of liberating someone
    quarter
    clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent
    reprieve, respite
    the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
    type of:
    lenience, leniency
    lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers
  2. noun
    good weather with comfortable temperatures
    synonyms: mildness
    see moresee less
    types:
    balminess, softness
    the quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing
    type of:
    good weather
    weather suitable for outdoor activities
Word Family