American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Relaxation of monastic rules, as a dispensation from fasting.
- n. The room in a monastery used by monks who have been granted such a dispensation.
- n. A bracket attached to the underside of a hinged seat in a church stall against which a standing person may lean. Also called miserere.
- n. A narrow dagger used in medieval times to deliver the death stroke to a seriously wounded knight.
- Established 1200–50 from Middle English misericorde (an act of clemency) from Middle French from Latin misericordia (pity). (Wiktionary)
- Middle 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Did that order of misericord blades come in, Thomas?”
““As we have,” he said, “in the course of this our toilsome journey, lost our meridian, 47 indulgence shall be given to those of our attendants who shall, from very weariness, be unable to attend the duty at prime, 48 and this by way of misericord or indulgentia.””
“For those who didn't know her, Elaine was an amazing woman, who probably knew every misericord and choir stall in Western Europe and had photographed all of them.”
“This seat (or misericord), made for the clergy to rest on during services, includes a carving of a griffin and a rabbit who is trying to escape down a hole.”
“In her right hand was a rapier, and in the left a misericord, one of the thin elongated daggers used by plate-armored combatants.”
““Just tell me one thing,” I said, sliding the misericord out and handing it over to two first-year students.”
“A misericord carved with one of the Seven Works of Mercy.”
“The taller man held his falchion and a second weapon now, a long, dark-bladed misericord as main”
“He recoiled when he saw Sir Roger's glaive and misericord.”
“He rummaged in his saddlebags and, besides some homely equipment like a jar of oil, turned up an extra misericord.”
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