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Loser with whom you're friendly only because it is the charitable thing to do. Not a real friend. Secretly wish you weren't. In contrast to you, more brutal and decisive people don't have them on principle. Can be a significant risk for embarassment; the relationship is often secretive. Often, a Mercy Friend will be a blackbody.

synonym: Charity Case

coined 1978 by Jaime regarding John H.
A: Why you hanging out with that dweeb John?
B: He's just a Mercy Friend.
by JaimeG June 22, 2007
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