Miserere

Miserere

[miz-uh-rair-ee, -reer-ee]
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)
 
n
another word for misericord

Miserere (ˌmɪzəˈrɛərɪ, -ˈrɪərɪ)
 
n
the 51st psalm, the Latin version of which begins "Miserere mei, Deus" ("Have mercy on me, O God")

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Miserere
51st Psalm (one of the Penitential Psalms), 13c., from Miserere mei Deus "Have mercy upon me, O God," opening line, from L. miserere "have mercy," imperative of misereri "to have mercy," from 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" (1611).
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