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- n. an act of clemency; pity, mercy.
- n. a misericord.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Compassion; pity; mercy.
- n. Same as Misericordia, 2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Merciful disposition; forgiving pity or kindness.
- A dagger used by a knight to put a wounded man out of his misery (to give the coup de grâce).
- Same as miserere.
- Relaxation of monastic rule; indulgence.
- An apartment in a monastery in which certain relaxations of the rule were permitted; especially, one in which those monks ate to whom special allowances were made in food and drink.
Established 1200–50 from Middle English misericorde ("an act of clemency"), from Middle French, from Latin misericordia ("pity") (Wiktionary)