Origin: ME < LL(Ec), have mercy (imper. of L misereri, to feel pity < miser, wretched): first word of the psalm in the Vulg.Bible the 51st Psalm, beginning, “Have mercy upon me, O God”
See Miserere in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin miserēre, have mercy, the first word of the psalm
Origin: , imperative sing. of miserērī, to feel pity
Origin: , from miser, wretched.
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