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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

References in periodicals archive ?
We have to be thankful for small mercies. It can't last.
Clearly the apparent victim should be thankful for small mercies.
Ipswich boss George Burley will be thankful for small mercies, but he is convinced that they can beat the drop.
However badly we have been affected, there is always someone worse off, and if nothing else we should be thankful for small mercies.
I make such comparisons as "having a brain tumour was a doddle compared to having surgery on my spine - double thumbs up!" 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.