misericord

misericord

[miz-er-i-kawrd, mi-zer-i-kawrd]
noun
1.
a room in a monastery set apart for those monks permitted relaxation of the monastic rule.
2.
Also, subsellium. a small projection on the underside of a hinged seat of a church stall, which, when the seat is lifted, gives support to a person standing in the stall.
3.
a medieval dagger, used for the mercy stroke to a wounded foe.
Also, misericorde.


Origin:
1200–50; Middle English misericorde literally, pity, mercy, an act of clemency < Middle French < Latin misericordia pity, equivalent to misericord- (stem of misericors) compassionate (miseri-, stem of miserēre to pity + cord- stem of cor heart) + -ia -y3

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misericord or misericorde (mɪˈzɛrɪˌkɔːd)
 
n
1.  a ledge projecting from the underside of the hinged seat of a choir stall in a church, on which the occupant can support himself while standing
2.  Christianity
 a.  a relaxation of certain monastic rules for infirm or aged monks or nuns
 b.  a monastery where such relaxations can be enjoyed
3.  a small medieval dagger used to give the death stroke to a wounded foe
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin misericordia compassion, from miserēre to pity + cor heart]
 
misericorde or misericorde
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French, from Latin misericordia compassion, from miserēre to pity + cor heart]

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