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or 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.]


(mɪˈzɛrɪˌkɔːd) or


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]


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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English Gothic Misericord Carvings: History From the Bottom Up
Pale et doucement souriante, elle semblait l'ange de la misericord conjurant l'ange des vengeances.
Made a city in 1995 by the Queen - she has her own seat in the cathedral choir which has fine misericord carvings including a chap being seasick - this community of 2,000 or so souls is oddly lacking in drinking places (tiny Solva down the road boasts more pubs) but is now firmly on the eating map.
Intricately tracing a series of allusions and contrasting contexts, Furrow considers the connections that link the Tristram and Isolde legend to the Anglo-Norman Amadas and Ydoine, Middle English works, such as Sir Degrevant, Emare, and Gower's Confessio Amantis, and the non-textual examples of the sculptured relief on the Chester misericord and a miniature from Musee Conde, Chantilly MS 26.
One of the Stanleys was warden of the collegiate church in the late fifteenth century when the work was done and so it may have been in part a compliment to him that the central tower of Lathom and its curtain wall were chosen as the model for the traditional elephant and castle motif on the misericord in the bishop of Hulme's stall.
One of the richest repositories of imagery in the medieval English wood carving just mentioned is the misericord, a folding seat mounted on the back wall of the choir stall to enable the celebrants to rest the weight of their bodies during services.
We see him having a pint in Pule Side Working Men's Club, sitting alongside Harold Wilson's statue in St George's Square, discussing dialect words in a Manchester studio with a Radio Two presenter, then on hands and knees in Beverley Minster searching the undersides of carved misericord seats in search of inspiration.
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After he had received his blood and his desire, he received his soul, and he put it in the open shop of his side, full of misericord, manifesting the first Truth that only by grace and misericord he received it, and not by any other operation.
The misericord - derived from the Latin word for pity - developed as a means of lending the medieval monks or canons a little posterior support during those interminably long services.
For an example in which two bundles of wood are made up like a cross, see the misericord at Worcester Cathedral (Anderson, Imagery of British Churches, pl.
According to Professor Hardwick, misericord carvings were neither 'sites of profane exuberance' (p.