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a. The 51st Psalm.
b. A musical setting of this psalm.
a. A prayer for mercy.
b. An expression of lamentation or complaint.
3. See misericord.
[Latin miserēre, have mercy, the first word of the psalm, imperative sing. of miserērī, to feel pity, from miser, wretched.]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) another word for misericord1
(Ecclesiastical Terms) the 51st psalm, the Latin version of which begins "Miserere mei, Deus" ("Have mercy on me, O God")
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Mis•e•re•re(ˌmɪz əˈrɛər i, -ˈrɪər i)
1. the 51st Psalm, or the 50th in the Douay Bible.
2. (l.c.) a prayer or expression of appeal for mercy.
[< Latin miserēre literally, have pity (imperative), first word of the psalm]
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