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Synonyms for mercy


at the mercy of something or someone: defenceless against


  • defenceless against
  • subject to
  • open to
  • exposed to
  • vulnerable to
  • threatened by
  • susceptible to
  • prey to
  • an easy target for
  • naked before
  • unprotected against

at the mercy of something or someone: in the power of


  • in the power of
  • under the control of
  • in the clutches of
  • under the heel of

Synonyms for mercy

kind, forgiving, or compassionate treatment of or disposition toward others

Synonyms for mercy

leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice

a disposition to be kind and forgiving

the feeling that motivates compassion

something for which to be thankful

Related Words

alleviation of distress

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You'd be forgiven for thinking that sounds a bit mad, but I need to be thankful for small mercies when things are already, well, pretty screwed.
HOWEVER distasteful you think Madonna's pursuit of Malawi orphan Mercy might be, at least it's keeping her away from the recording studio - so let's be thankful for small Mercies.
But Spurs boss Ramos can at least be thankful for small mercies, and Bent's winner may not just have delivered Tottenham their first win of the season: it may kick-start the new order Ramos is fighting to establish.
But we should be thankful for small mercies - at least they were talking and progress, however small, can only be a good thing.
And while we are all heartily sick of our coastal resorts turning into Vomit-on-Sea, perhaps we should be thankful for small mercies.