Origin of MiserereMiddle English ; from LL(Ec), have mercy (imper. of Classical Latin misereri, to feel pity ; from miser, wretched): first word of the psalm in the VulgateBible the 51st Psalm, beginning, “Have mercy upon me, O God”
- a musical setting for this
- misericord (sense )
- Misererea. The 51st Psalm.b. A musical setting of this psalm.
- a. A prayer for mercy.b. An expression of lamentation or complaint.
- See misericord.
Origin of miserereLatin miserēre, have mercy, the first word of the psalm, imperative sing. of miserērī, to feel pity, from miser, wretched.
- a prayer for mercy.
- an expression of lamentation or complaint.
- a medieval dagger, used for the mercy stroke to a wounded foe; misericord.
- (architecture) A small projecting boss or bracket on the underside of the hinged seat of a church stall, intended to give some support to a standing worshipper when the seat is turned up; a misericordia.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- The 51st Psalm, sometimes set to music.