misericord[mi zer′i kôrd′; also miz′ər i-]
- a narrow ledge on the underside of a hinged seat, as in a choir stall, designed to support a person standing at rest against the turned-up seat
- a dagger used in the Middle Ages for giving the death stroke (coup de grâce) to a wounded knight
Origin of misericordMiddle English misericorde ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin misericordia ; from misericors, merciful ; from base of misereri (see Miserere) + cor, heart
- 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.
- A bracket attached to the underside of a hinged seat in a church stall on which a standing person may lean. Also called miserere.
- A narrow dagger used in medieval times to deliver the death stroke to a seriously wounded knight.
Origin of misericordMiddle 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.