What does the word merciful mean?

Usage examples for merciful

  1. " The merciful man is merciful to his beast," I made answer. – The Allen House or Twenty Years Ago and Now by T. S. Arthur
  2. You will be merciful to my poor husband, even if he must be arrested for the night. – A Victor of Salamis by William Stearns Davis
  3. So calm and merciful to him So enthusiastic towards all which was noble! – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley