Mercy

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:

    Our wisdom lies as much at the mercy of fortune as our possessions do.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)

    No ceremony that to great ones ‘longs,
    Not the king’s crown, nor the deputed sword,
    The marshal’s truncheon, nor the judge’s robe,
    Become them with one half so good a grace
    As mercy does.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    It may be a mercy the dark closes round us
    So broodingly soon in every direction.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)