Misericordia

Misericordia

Mis`e*ri*cor"di*a\, n. [L., mercy, compassion; miser wretched + cor, cordis, heart.]

1. (O. Law) An amercement. --Burrill.

2. (Anc. Armor.) A thin-bladed dagger; so called, in the Middle Ages, because used to give the death wound or "mercy" stroke to a fallen adversary.

3. (Eccl.) An indulgence as to food or dress granted to a member of a religious order. --Shipley.
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