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- n. A projecting ledge on the stalls in a church where persons might lean whilst standing during prayers; misericord.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the stalls of the lower range where there are two ranges. See Illust. of stall.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as miserere, 2.
- n. plural In Roman law, the lower seats where the judices and inferior magistrates sat in judgment.
Each of these stalls retains the _subsellium_ or _miserere_, which, hinged at the back, turns up and discloses a small ledge beneath supported by carving, which ledge is supposed to have been used by the aged monks to rest on during the first long office of the Benedictines, which lasted four hours.