Mercy etymology


English word mercy comes from Latin merere, and later Latin merx (Goods. Merchandise, commodity.)

Etymology of mercy

Detailed word origin of mercy

Dictionary entry Language Definition
merere Latin (lat)
merx Latin (lat) Goods. Merchandise, commodity.
mercedem Latin (lat)
merci Anglo-Norman (xno)
merci Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
mercy English (en) Expressing surprise or alarm. (obsolete) To thank. (countable) A blessing, something to be thankful for.. (countable) Instances of forbearance or forgiveness.. (uncountable) A tendency toward forgiveness, pity, or compassion. (uncountable) forgiveness or compassion, especially toward those less fortunate.. (uncountable) relenting; forbearance to cause or allow harm to another.

Words with the same origin as mercy

Descendants of merere

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