Definition of misericord in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɪˈzɛrɪkɔːd/


1A ledge projecting from the underside of a hinged seat in a choir stall which, when the seat is turned up, gives support to someone standing.
Example sentences
  • The sixty-two misericords or priests' seats, carved with everything from lions to scenes of everyday life, are believed to be of 1390.
  • Weak light filters in through stained glass and creates deep shadows among the pews and misericords.
  • These appear in the stained glass windows, stone column capitals, decorated ends of pews, or even the misericords carved on the bottom of hinged church seats.
2 historical An apartment in a monastery in which some relaxations of the monastic rule were permitted.
3 historical A small dagger used to deliver a death stroke to a wounded enemy.


Middle English (denoting pity): from Old French misericorde, from Latin misericordia, from misericors 'compassionate', from the stem of misereri 'to pity' + cor, cord- 'heart'.

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