misericordia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin misericordia.

Noun[edit]

misericordia (plural misericordias)

  1. (law, obsolete) An amercement.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Burrill to this entry?)
  2. misericord, a thin-bladed dagger, used in the Middle Ages to give the death wound or mercy stroke to a fallen adversary.
  3. An indulgence as to food or dress granted to a member of a religious order.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shipley to this entry?)

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for misericordia in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

misericordia f (plural misericordie)

  1. pity, mercy
  2. misericord (medieval dagger)

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From misericors (pitiful, compassionate, merciful).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

misericordia f (genitive misericordiae); first declension

  1. pity, compassion, mercy, lovingkindness
  2. (figuratively) wretchedness, misery; pathos

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative misericordia misericordiae
genitive misericordiae misericordiārum
dative misericordiae misericordiīs
accusative misericordiam misericordiās
ablative misericordiā misericordiīs
vocative misericordia misericordiae

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References[edit]

  • misericordia in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • misericordia in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “misericordia”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • misericordia” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to excite some one's pity: misericordiam alicui commovere
    • to excite some one's pity: misericordiam alicuius concitare
    • to arouse feelings of compassion in some one: ad misericordiam aliquem allicere, adducere, inducere
    • to be touched with pity: misericordia moveri, capi (De Or. 2. 47)
    • to implore a person's sympathy, pity: misericordiam implorare

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

misericordia f (plural misericordias)

  1. Obsolete spelling of misericórdia

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

misericordia f (plural misericordias)

  1. mercy
  2. misericord