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.
Other articles related to "mercy":
... Since his conviction in 1991, several mercy petitions had been filed by Sarabjit's lawyers ... None of the mercy petitions had been granted ...
... Kosma, Jacques Prévert, Johnny Mercer) 325 "Chet's Tune" (Cohen) 218 "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" (Joe Zawinul) 212 "Cheek to Cheek" (Irving Berlin) 310 ...
... In Blood Bound we learn that Mercy is somewhat resistant to some magics such as vampire compulsion or werewolf pack control ... 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 him ... 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 werewolf friends, and endangering ...
... 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 ...
... Currently the music director for the House of Mercy, a church in Saint Paul, Minnesota ... 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 ...
Famous quotes containing the word mercy:
“The Laws of Nature are just, but terrible. There is no weak mercy in them. Cause and consequence are inseparable and inevitable. The elements have no forbearance. The fire burns, the water drowns, the air consumes, the earth buries. And perhaps it would be well for our race if the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Man were as inevitable as the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Naturewere Man as unerring in his judgments as Nature.”
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (18071882)
“Wilt thou draw near the nature of the gods?
Draw near them then in being merciful.
Sweet mercy is nobilitys true badge.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)
“Therefore, since it is by Gods mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.”
—Bible: New Testament, 2 Corinthians 4:1.