misericord

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Established 1200–50 from Middle English misericorde (an act of clemency) from Middle French from Latin misericordia (pity).

Noun[edit]

misericord (uncountable)

  1. relaxation of monastic rules.
  2. The room in a monastery for monks granted such relaxation.
  3. a subsellium.
  4. a medieval dagger, used for the mercy stroke to a wounded foe.

References[edit]

  • misericord” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • misericord” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.