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miserere

Line breaks: mis|er¦ere
Pronunciation: /ˌmɪzəˈrɪəri
 
, -ˈrɛː-/

Definition of miserere in English:

noun

1A psalm in which mercy is sought, especially Psalm 51 or the music written for it.
2 another term for misericord (sense 1).
Example sentences
  • The splendid choir stalls with well-carved misereres are of this dating.
  • Other features of the church are the fine restored rood-screen, the 15th century font with its enriched Jacobean cover, the carved bench-ends under the tower and two 15th century stalls with misereres in the chancel, and a certain amount of medieval glass in two windows.
  • Wooden chancel screens are very numerous, the upper part being divided by mullions, supporting tracery, and the whole was elaborately treated with panelling, niches, statues, and pinnacles.

Origin

Middle English: from Latin, 'have mercy!', imperative of misereri, from miser 'wretched'.

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