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clemency -- as in: the judge showed clemency
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  • A jester at the court of his master, indulged and disesteemed, winning a clement master’s praise.
  • I appeal for clemency in the name of the most sacred word our vocal organs have ever been called upon to speak.
  • A course that lay between undue clemency and excessive rigour: the dispensation in a heterogeneous society of arbitrary classes, incessantly rearranged in terms of greater and lesser social inequality, of unbiassed homogeneous indisputable justice, tempered with mitigants of the widest possible latitude but exactable to the uttermost farthing with confiscation of estate, real and personal, to the crown.

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  • He petitioned the Governor for clemency.
  • Intoxicated with unbroken success we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us.  It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended power to confess our national sins and pray for clemency and forgiveness.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Thanksgiving Day Proclamation - 1863

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