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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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In April 2000 a machine actually fell on a house quite near us, so be grateful for small mercies in Grangetown.
Still, I suppose we should be grateful for small mercies. The way the BBC has been going lately we're lucky Alfie didn't suddenly appear from out of nowhere on the tarmac in the Tardis.
Perhaps we should just be grateful for small mercies that he kept his T-shirt on unlike the other boys.