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mis·er·i·cordor mis·er·i·corde (mĭz′ər-ĭ-kôrd′, mĭ-zĕr′-)
a. Relaxation of monastic rules, as a dispensation from fasting.
b. The room in a monastery used by monks who have been granted such a dispensation.
2. A bracket attached to the underside of a hinged seat in a church stall on which a standing person may lean. Also called miserere.
3. A narrow dagger used in medieval times to deliver the death stroke to a seriously wounded knight.
[Middle English, pity, from Old French, from Latin misericordia, from misericors, misericord-, merciful : miserērī, to feel pity; see miserere + cor, cord-, heart; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a ledge projecting from the underside of the hinged seat of a choir stall in a church, on which the occupant can support himself or herself while standing
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) 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. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) 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]
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or mis•er•i•corde(ˌmɪz ər ɪˈkɔrd, mɪˈzɛr ɪˌkɔrd)
a small projection on the underside of a hinged seat of a church stall that when the seat is lifted gives support to a person.
[1200–50; Middle English misericorde literally, pity < Middle French < Latin misericordia pity]
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n → Miserikordie f
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