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.
a medieval dagger, used for the mercy stroke to a wounded foe.
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