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.

Read more about Mercy:  Religion, Law and Ethics

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Sarabjit Singh - Arrest and Prosecution - Mercy Petitions
... Since his conviction in 1991, several mercy petitions had been filed by Sarabjit's lawyers ... None of the mercy petitions had been granted ...
Mike "Razz" Russell
... He leads the House of Mercy Band which plays weekly in church ... "House of Mercy Presents" is recurring show on Sunday evenings at the Turf Club in St ... Paul, which features the House of Mercy Band and others ...
Solo Flights - Track Listing - Side One
... Prévert, Johnny Mercer) 325 "Chet's Tune" (Cohen) 218 "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" (Joe Zawinul) 212 "Cheek to Cheek" (Irving Berlin) 310 ...
Mercy Beyond Borders - History and Mission
... Mercy Beyond Borders was founded in 2008 by Sister Marilyn Lacey in response to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals ... Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Mercy Beyond Borders links U.S ... Mercy Beyond Borders carries out its mission via two strategies One Long term change by promoting the education of women and girls ...
Mercy Thompson - Appearances - Blood Bound
... In Blood Bound we learn that Mercy is somewhat resistant to some magics such as vampire compulsion or werewolf pack control ... him to do things he wouldn’t ordinarily do and that Mercy is hopefully immune and will be able to report back to his seethe should anything happen to ... Of course, things go badly and soon Mercy is wrapped up in a hunt for a vampire/sorcerer who is causing the Tri Cities area to have an increased rise in violence, harming ...

Famous quotes containing the word mercy:

    When Jesus wept, the falling tear
    in mercy flowed beyond all bound;
    when Jesus groaned, a trembling fear
    seized all the guilty world around.
    William Billings (1746–1800)

    Until the men of action clear out the talkers we who have social consciences are at the mercy of those who have none.
    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

    With Major Lawrence, mercy is a passion. With me, it is merely good manners. You may judge which motive is the more reliable.
    Robert Bolt (1924–1995)