1. Full of mercy; having or exercising mercy; disposed to pity and spare offenders; unwilling to punish. Opposite of merciless.
The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious. --Ex. xxxiv. 6.
Be merciful, great duke, to men of mold. --Shak.
2. Unwilling to give pain; compassionate.
A merciful man will be merciful to his beast. --Old Proverb.
Syn: -- Compassionate; tender; humane; gracious; kind; mild; clement; benignant.
-- Mer*ci*ful*ly, adv. -- Mer*ci*ful*ness, n.
adj 1: showing or giving mercy; "sought merciful treatment for the
captives"; "a merciful god" [ant: merciless]
2: characterized by mercy, and compassion; "compassionate
toward disadvantaged people"; "kind to animals"; "a humane
judge" [syn: kind]
3: used conventionally of royalty and high nobility; "our