merciful

/ˈmɚsɪfəl/

  • treating people with kindness and forgiveness
    1. a merciful ruler
    2. a merciful god
    3. He became less merciful to his enemies.
    4. a merciful decision
  • giving relief from suffering
    1. He died a quick and merciful death.
    2. The movie at last came to a merciful end. [=the movie was so bad that its ending was a relief]