[mur-see] /ˈmɜr si/
a female given name.
noun (pl) -cies
compassionate treatment of or attitude towards an offender, adversary, etc, who is in one’s power or care; clemency; pity
the power to show mercy: to throw oneself on someone’s mercy
a relieving or welcome occurrence or state of affairs: his death was a mercy after weeks of pain
at the mercy of, in the power of
late 12c., “God’s forgiveness of his creatures’ offenses,” from Old French mercit, merci (9c.) “reward, gift; kindness, grace, pity,” from Latin mercedem (nominative merces) “reward, wages, pay hire” (in Vulgar Latin “favor, pity”), from merx (genitive mercis) “wares, merchandise” (see market (n.)). In Church Latin (6c.) applied to the heavenly reward of those who show kindness to the helpless.
Meaning “disposition to forgive or show compassion” is attested from early 13c. As an interjection, attested from mid-13c. In French largely superseded by miséricorde except as a word of thanks. Seat of mercy “golden covering of the Ark of the Covenant” (1530) is Tyndale’s loan-translation of Luther’s gnadenstuhl, an inexact rendering of Hebrew kapporeth, literally “propitiatory.”
compassion for the miserable. Its object is misery. By the atoning sacrifice of Christ a way is open for the exercise of mercy towards the sons of men, in harmony with the demands of truth and righteousness (Gen. 19:19; Ex. 20:6; 34:6, 7; Ps. 85:10; 86:15, 16). In Christ mercy and truth meet together. Mercy is also a Christian grace (Matt. 5:7; 18:33-35).
see: at the mercy of
noun 1. Bible. 2. South Midland and Southern U.S. . noun 1. (Old Testament) the gold platform covering the Ark of the Covenant and regarded as the throne of God where he accepted sacrifices and gave commandments (Exodus 25:17, 22) 2. (Christianity) the throne of God (Heb. kapporeth, a “covering;” LXX. and N.T., hilasterion; Vulg., […]
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[merd; English maird] /mɛrd; English mɛərd/ French. noun 1. . interjection 2. (used as an expletive to express anger, annoyance, disgust, etc.) interjection crap!, shit!; an expression of annoyance, disgust, or exasperation Word Origin French Usage Note slang n. also merd, “dung,” late 15c., from French merde “feces, excrement, dirt” (13c.), from Latin merda “dung, […]
[mer-div-er-uh s] /mərˈdɪv ər əs/ adjective 1. .