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mercy (1 usu. in phr. “I cry you mercy”; 3 hence the general phr. “at, in,” or “within the mercy of”)
1. “cry ,” beg for pard on or forgiveness Gent. V. iv. 94 “O, cry you mercy, sir; I have mistook,” AYL. III. v. 61 “Cry the man ,” H8 V. iii. 78 “I cry your honour mercy,” Lr. III. vi. 55.
2. “by ,” (?) by a merciful condition Tim. III. v. 56*.
3. clemency of a conqueror Mer.V. IV. i. 356 “the offender's life lies in the Of the duke,” H5 III. iii. 3 “To our best give yourselves,” 3H6 I. iv. 30 “Yield to our ” ; phr. “at , in ,” absolutely in the power of the victor Cor. I. x. 7 “I' the part that is at ” (i.e. conquered), Lr. I. iv. 352 “that . . . He may . . . hold our lives in ”
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