Compassion leads you to have mercy, which is like forgiveness. If you have mercy on someone, you let them off the hook or are kind to them somehow.

This is a quality that has to do with compassion, forgiveness, and leniency. If convicted of a crime, you might plead for the judge's mercy, meaning a lesser punishment. When people say "May God have mercy on me!" they're asking for forgiveness. Mercy may be given or received. You might show your little cousin mercy by not forcing him to eat a worm. People jokingly say a bad singer is showing mercy if she ends the show early.

Definitions of mercy

n a disposition to be kind and forgiving

mercilessness, unmercifulness
inhumaneness evidenced by an unwillingness to be kind or forgiving
compassion, pity
the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
forgivingness, kindness
tendency to be kind and forgiving
lenience, leniency, lenity, mildness
mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant
Type of:
the quality of compassion or consideration for others (people or animals)

n the feeling that motivates compassion

compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive
Type of:
compassion, compassionateness
a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering

n something for which to be thankful

“it was a mercy we got out alive”
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blessing, boon
a desirable state

n alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed

“distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy
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ministration, relief, succor, succour
assistance in time of difficulty

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

“he threw himself on the mercy of the court”
clemency, mercifulness
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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
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lenience, leniency
lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers

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