Merciful vs Benignant - What's the difference?
Merciful is a synonym of benignant.
As adjectives the difference between merciful and benignant
is that merciful
is showing mercy while benignant
is kind; gracious; favorable.
* 1900', , Chapter I,
- The murderer, he recalled, had been tried and sentenced to imprisonment for life, but was pardoned by a merciful governor after serving a year of his sentence.
Kind; gracious; favorable.
* 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 417:
- Here Nature appears in her richest attire, and Art, dressed with the modestest simplicity, attends her benignant mistress.