Mercy (Middle English, from Anglo-French merci, from Medieval Latin merced-, merces, from Latin, "price paid, wages", from merc-, merxi "merchandise") is a broad term that refers to benevolence, forgiveness and kindness in a variety of ethical, religious, social and legal contexts.
The concept of a "Merciful God" appears in various religions, including Christianity and Islam. Performing acts of mercy as a component of religious beliefs is also emphasized through actions such as the giving of alms, and care for the sick and Works of Mercy.
In the social and legal context, mercy may refer both to compassionate behavior on the part of those in power (e.g. mercy shown by a judge toward a convict), or on the part of a humanitarian third party, e.g., a mission of mercy aiming to treat war victims.
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Famous quotes containing the word mercy:
“A potent quack, long versed in human ills,
Who first insults the victim whom he kills;
Whose murdrous hand a drowsy bench protect,
And whose most tender mercy is neglect.”
—George Crabbe (17541832)
“Mercy is above this sceptred sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest Gods
When mercy seasons justice.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)
“It may be a mercy the dark closes round us
So broodingly soon in every direction.”
—Robert Frost (18741963)