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Definition mercy

A less common meaning is mildness and usually references good weather in the form clement or bad weather in the form inclement.
  • He petitioned the Governor for clemency.
clemency = mercy
  • 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
  • Do not you recollect, I came about six weeks ago to plead for clemency, as I come to-day to plead for justice.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Clemency is a fine, royal virtue, which turns aside the currents of wrath.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • But my clemency is always ready to descend upon the vanquished.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • He commands benevolence, clemency, sympathy, tolerance, but not love; he forbade us to tie our heart in love to earthly things.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • clemency = mercy
  • "Most kind, most sweet, most clement Virgin," he prayed.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • clement = merciful
  • Coming now to the other qualities mentioned above, I say that every prince ought to desire to be considered clement and not cruel.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • clement = lenient (kindness or mercy) toward offenders
  • stooping to your clemency, We beg your hearing patiently.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • clemency = leniency (kindness shown toward offenders)
  • We stayed and cooperated with the Clave. Gave them names. Helped them track down the ones who had run away. For that we received clemency.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • clemency = mercy
  • There was no recommendation for clemency in the case
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • clemency = leniency (kindness or mercy) shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
  • ...he accorded him his pardon with a clemency which will bring him praise in all the journals, and throughout all ages.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • clemency = mercy
  • The clemency of Princes is often but policy to win the affections of the people.
    François de la Rochefoucauld
  • But, morning once more brightened my view, and I extended my clemency to Biddy, and we dropped the subject.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Great Expectations
  • Clemency is a royal virtue; employ it, and you will find that you derive advantage therein.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Three Musketeers
  • And there's the St. Clement of Rome Parish Church on West Esplanade and Richland.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • There is no clemency and no exchanges for a Russian 'momma.'
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The one thing Putnam cannot do at this point is show clemency.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • But the knowledge would have been useless here; it was not called for; neither clemency nor dignity was put to the trial—Eleanor brought no message.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey

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