broad term that refers to benevolence, forgiveness, and kindness

Mercy can refer both to a compassionate behavior on the part of those in power (for example, mercy shown by a judge toward a criminal by not punishing him (or her) her as much as he (or she) might be punished) or on the part of a compassionate third party (e.g. a trip out of mercy trying to treat sick children in Africa). The word is very common in several religions (for example, the mercy of God).

Mercy and Truth are shown together in a 13th-century representation of Psalm 85 (10)

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