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misericord

noun mi·ser·i·cord \mə-ˈzer-ə-ˌkȯrd, -ˈser-\

Definition of misericord

  1. :  a small projection on the bottom of a hinged church seat that gives support to a standing worshiper when the seat is turned up



Variants of misericord

also misericorde play \mə-ˈzer-ə-ˌkȯrd, -ˈser-\

Origin of misericord

Medieval Latin misericordia seat in church, from Latin, mercy, from misericord-, misericors merciful, from misereri + cord-, cor heart — more at heart


First Known Use: circa 1515


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