Pronunciation: (mûr'sē),[key] —n., —pl.-ciesfor 4, 5. 1. compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power; compassion, pity, or benevolence: Have mercy on the poor sinner. 2. the disposition to be compassionate or forbearing: an adversary wholly without mercy. 3. the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment, esp. to send to prison rather than invoke the death penalty.
4. an act of kindness, compassion, or favor: She has performed countless small mercies for her friends and neighbors. 5. something that gives evidence of divine favor; blessing: It was just a mercy we had our seat belts on when it happened. 6. at the mercy of, entirely in the power of; subject to: They were at the mercy of their captors.Also,at one's mercy.
Pronunciation: (mûr'sē),[key] —n. a female given name.