merciful etymology

English word merciful comes from English mercy, English -ful

Detailed word origin of merciful

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
mercy English (eng) (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 Expressing surprise or alarm.
-ful English (eng) Used to form adjectives from nouns. Full of, tending to, or thoroughly possessing the quality expressed by the noun.. Used to form nouns from nouns meaning “as much as can be held by what is denoted by the noun”. Used to form nouns indicating a great deal of the quantity expressed by the noun.
merciful English (eng) Showing mercy.

Words with the same origin as merciful

Descendants of mercy
Descendants of -ful
colorful delightful disgraceful doubtful graceful grateful hateful helpful hopeful hurtful joyful meaningful painful peaceful resourceful respectful rightful stressful successful suspenseful thankful truthful useful youthful