misericord


mi·ser·i·cord

noun \mə-ˈzer-ə-ˌkrd, -ˈser-\

Definition of MISERICORD

:  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

mi·ser·i·cord also mi·ser·i·corde \mə-ˈzer-ə-ˌkrd, -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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