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mercy

(mĕr′sē) [L. merces, reward]
In medicine, the compassionate provision of relief or mitigation of physical pain, mental suffering, or psychological distress.
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Mercifully, Thanksgiving focuses our minds on our blessings -- even if for just a minute before the following monthlong holiday shopping spree.
Some rabbis mercifully interpreted Gehenna as a temporary place of punishment for sinners, not an eternal abode for the wicked.
But wherever this new research leads us, it's mercifully away from the bizarre notions of the noble and ignorant savage.
A couple of weeks before Christmas, my wife and I worked in a mercifully quick visit to the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto to view Body Worlds 2, The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies.
The offences, although nasty, were of mercifully short duration," she said.
The longest night is mercifully buried in the rush to Christmas, but as soon as Boxing Day is over I look at lighting-up times, taking Manchester as my mean.
He concentrates on what might be called 'visible London', that is, its architecture and praises the city's current status as a multi-racial concoction which has, mercifully, little to do with England.
Mercifully, he does hot touch on the censorship battles in the US in recent years.
Mercifully I was on my own at the time with no witnesses.
Passing sentence, the judge said: "The jury mercifully for you acquitted you of manslaughter and rightly so in my opinion.
During that mercifully brief time when I was crawling along in Manhattan traffic, the Cayenne passed the Rolldown Test with flying colors--about once per block, someone would roll down his side window and call out in admiration, "Wow, what is that?