Variant of misericord
- 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: Middle English misericorde from Old French from Classical Latin misericordia from misericors, merciful from base of misereri (see Miserere) plush cor, heart
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