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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLEMENCY

Yet I forgive you all, that by this clemency I may move you to a better love and loyalty.

Was this his clemency—this sparing of my life that he might submit it to an eternal shame?

The censures of Bishop Wilson on such offences did not err on the side of clemency.

I did not doubt, no, I could not doubt, the king's clemency.

The acts of the court little agreed with these words of clemency.

A rupture with France seemed inevitable, and as to clemency, there was no danger of it.

Still, in our mercy and clemency, we incline to show you favour.

Their conduct could hardly lead them to expect much from the Emperor's clemency.

The clemency of kings is for the guilty, sire; I prefer the justice of men!

I was astounded at the clemency of the soldiers, who allowed them to live.

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, "mildness or gentleness shown in exercise of authority," from Latin clementia "calmness, gentleness," from clemens "calm, mild," related to clinare "to lean" (see lean (v.)) + participial suffix -menos (also in alumnus). For sense evolution, cf. inclined in secondary meaning "disposed favorably." Earlier in same sense was clemence (late 15c.).

Meaning "mildness of weather or climate" is 1660s (a sense also in Latin); clement (adj.) is older in both senses, late 15c. and 1620s respectively, but now is used only in negation and only of the weather.

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