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or misericorde

[miz-er-i-kawrd, mi-zer-i-kawrd] /ˌmɪz ər ɪˈkɔrd, mɪˈzɛr ɪˌkɔrd/
a room in a monastery set apart for those monks permitted relaxation of the monastic rule.
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.
a medieval dagger, used for the mercy stroke to a wounded foe.
Origin of misericord
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 Unabridged
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  • "It certainly looks like a misericord," remarked Reeves, drawing the rusty steel from its mouldy sheath.

    Captured at Tripoli Percy F. Westerman
British Dictionary definitions for misericord


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
  1. a relaxation of certain monastic rules for infirm or aged monks or nuns
  2. a monastery where such relaxations can be enjoyed
a small medieval dagger used to give the death stroke to a wounded foe
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin misericordia compassion, from miserēre to pity + cor heart
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