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

n leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice

mercifulness, mercy
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commutation, re-sentencing
(law) the reduction in severity of a punishment imposed by law
amnesty, free pardon, pardon
the formal act of liberating someone
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

n good weather with comfortable temperatures

balminess, softness
the quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing
Type of:
good weather
weather suitable for outdoor activities

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