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Mercy vs. Compassion

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Main Difference

The main difference between Mercy and Compassion is that the Mercy is a broad term that refers to benevolence, forgiveness, and kindness and Compassion is a love.

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  • Mercy (noun)

    Relenting; forbearance to cause or allow harm to another.

    "She took mercy on him and quit embarrassing him."

    "mercilessness|ruthlessness|cruelty"

  • Mercy (noun)

    Forgiveness or compassion, especially toward those less fortunate.

    "Have mercy on the poor and assist them if you can."

  • Mercy (noun)

    A tendency toward forgiveness, pity, or compassion.

    "Mercy is one of his many virtues."

  • Mercy (noun)

    Instances of forbearance or forgiveness.

    "Psalms 40:11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord"

  • Mercy (noun)

    A blessing; something to be thankful for.

    "It was a mercy that we were not inside when the roof collapsed"

  • Mercy (verb)

    To feel mercy

  • Mercy (verb)

    To show mercy; to pardon or treat leniently because of mercy

  • Mercy (interjection)

    Expressing surprise or alarm.

    "Mercy! Look at the state of you!"

  • Compassion (noun)

    Deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it.

  • Compassion (verb)

    To pity.

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  • Mercy (noun)

    compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm

    "the boy was screaming and begging for mercy"

    "the mercies of God"

  • Mercy (noun)

    an event to be grateful for, because it prevents something unpleasant or provides relief from suffering

    "his death was in a way a mercy"

  • Mercy (noun)

    (especially of a journey or mission) performed out of a desire to relieve suffering

    "mercy missions to refugees caught up in the fighting"

  • Mercy (interjection)

    used in expressions of surprise or fear

    "‘Mercy me!’ uttered Mrs Diggory"

  • Compassion (noun)

    sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others

    "the victims should be treated with compassion"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Mercy (noun)

    Forbearance to inflict harm under circumstances of provocation, when one has the power to inflict it; compassionate treatment of an offender or adversary; clemency.

  • Mercy (noun)

    Compassionate treatment of the unfortunate and helpless; sometimes, favor, beneficence.

  • Mercy (noun)

    Disposition to exercise compassion or favor; pity; compassion; willingness to spare or to help.

  • Mercy (noun)

    A blessing regarded as a manifestation of compassion or favor.

  • Compassion (noun)

    Literally, suffering with another; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration.

  • Compassion

    To pity.

Webster Dictionary
  • Mercy (noun)

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

    "he threw himself on the mercy of the court"

  • Mercy (noun)

    a disposition to be kind and forgiving;

    "in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"

  • Mercy (noun)

    the feeling that motivates compassion

  • Mercy (noun)

    something for which to be thankful;

    "it was a mercy we got out alive"

  • Mercy (noun)

    alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed;

    "distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy"

  • Compassion (noun)

    a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering

  • Compassion (noun)

    the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it

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