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Miserere

[miz-uh-rair-ee, -reer-ee] /ˌmɪz əˈrɛər i, -ˈrɪər i/
noun
1.
the 51st Psalm, or the 50th in the Douay Bible.
2.
a musical setting for it.
3.
(lowercase) a prayer or expression of appeal for mercy.
4.
(lowercase) misericord (def 3).
Origin
< Latin miserēre literally, have pity (imperative), first word of the psalm
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miserere

/ˌmɪzəˈrɛərɪ; -ˈrɪərɪ/
noun
1.
another word for misericord (sense 1)

Miserere

/ˌmɪzəˈrɛərɪ; -ˈrɪərɪ/
noun
1.
the 51st psalm, the Latin version of which begins "Miserere mei, Deus" ("Have mercy on me, O God")
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Word Origin and History for Miserere
n.

51st Psalm (one of the Penitential Psalms), 13c., from Miserere mei Deus "Have mercy upon me, O God," opening line, from Latin miserere "feel pity, have compassion, commiserate," imperative of misereri "to have mercy," from miser (see miser). From 15c.-17c. used as an informal measure of time, "the time it takes to recite the Miserere." Also in miserere mei "kind of severe colic ('iliac passion') accompanied by excruciating cramps and vomiting of excrement" (1610s), literally "have mercy on me."

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