Definition of mercifully in English:

mercifully

Pronunciation /ˈmərsəf(ə)lē/ /ˈmərsəf(ə)li/

adverb

  • 1In a merciful manner.

    ‘God had acted mercifully’
    • ‘Israel has a moral responsibility to act justly and mercifully when dealing with her own citizens and others.’
    • ‘The very word sickens me, and the thought of my own sisters acting mercifully is almost too much to bear!’
    • ‘The wreath tradition stuck around until he mercifully ended it.’
    • ‘So death then came suddenly and swiftly and mercifully.’
    • ‘He is more dead than alive, and a diabolic revenge on him might have been to just let him suffer on, rather than mercifully put him out of his misery.’
    • ‘In the case of the dead, we commend them to the mercy of God (as the Pope did) and ask that he judge them mercifully.’
    • ‘Another factor to why euthanasia is such a difficult subject is that it is a complicated task to decide whether someone is of sound mind, or is justifiable to kill mercifully.’
    • ‘When the referee mercifully signalled a conclusion, the short burst of booing from the supporters became the most eloquent action of a pitiful fixture.’
    • ‘How did it all end, when it eventually and mercifully did?’
    • ‘‘What a strange way to die,’ he thinks, sure that it's all over, but mercifully they are all spared.’
    • ‘At this point, Zack's Aunt mercifully intervened and took him inside to feed him some pasta and fudgsicles.’
    • ‘The squally showers that drenched the area before kick off had mercifully ceased by the time Chris took an early long-range penalty.’
    • ‘In both cases we have been mercifully spared the full fury.’
    • ‘Thankfully, the market forces are mercifully in our favor as there are plans to start a professional cricket league in America.’
    • ‘Although foot and mouth has mercifully spared Helmsley's farmers so far, they are worried about the potential for infection, he said.’
    • ‘How will we wage war mercifully, when he may deliberately move his military forces right next to civilians?’
    • ‘We hung on this way for about 5 years or so and then, mercifully, Cappi's was sold.’
  • 2To one's great relief; fortunately.

    sentence adverb ‘mercifully, I was able to complete all I had to do within a few days’
    • ‘The sudden and, as it turns out, mercifully brief closure of Fibbers threw into sharp relief the lack of venues for live music in York.’
    • ‘Allie made her way onto the beach, still clumsy legs getting relief in the mercifully soft sand.’
    • ‘That is the view of two leading experts on the topic who, yesterday, published a mercifully brief and clear summation of the situation.’
    • ‘Apart from a savage, but mercifully brief, bout of hitting by Adam Gilchrist in the early overs, the innings had belonged very much to England.’
    • ‘The first, next Thursday, will involve Gareth and I running off together to be wed in a mercifully brief ceremony.’
    • ‘During her mercifully brief stay she managed to squeeze in the following complaints.’
    • ‘Martin turned the ball over twice and committed two fouls during his mercifully brief stint.’
    • ‘Then there is Currency Lad, who was posting reviews before his mercifully brief retirement.’
    • ‘It would be mercifully brief, but it probably wouldn't do the sheer awfulness of this film justice.’
    • ‘Lots of us there lost loved ones, but only for terrifying and mercifully brief moments.’
    • ‘The sources of these recessions varied, but all were mercifully brief, thanks in some measure to government policy.’
    • ‘Stylistically, this mercifully brief book reeks of dissertation padding.’
    • ‘The work is, mercifully, brief, for the ensuing cacophony could deafen even the toughest eardrum.’
    • ‘In a mercifully brief office scene, it becomes clear that Linda is the equivalent of Dracula's Jonathan Harker.’
    • ‘Well at least their introductory sequence and FBI warning is mercifully brief.’
    • ‘It was mercifully brief; the preacher lost his balance and fell into the crowd.’
    • ‘Thankfully, Patton's scene amounts to little more than a mercifully brief cameo.’
    • ‘He lasted for seven more years, and concerning these, the authors are mercifully brief.’
    • ‘They are mercifully brief and my replies are even briefer.’
    • ‘The event itself was well organised and mercifully free of the marketing hype that often comes with the introduction of new technology.’
    luckily, fortunately, happily, thank God, thank goodness, thank heavens
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Pronunciation

mercifully

/ˈmərsəf(ə)lē/ /ˈmərsəf(ə)li/