mi·​se·​re·​re ˌmi-zə-ˈrir-ē How to pronounce miserere (audio)
ˌmē-zə-ˈrā-(ˌ)rā How to pronounce miserere (audio)
capitalized : the 50th Psalm in the Vulgate
: a vocal complaint or lament

Examples of miserere in a Sentence

an essay that is essentially a long miserere about the decline of good manners in our society

Word History


Middle English, from Latin, be merciful, from misereri to be merciful, from miser wretched; from the first word of the Psalm

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of miserere was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Miserere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miserere. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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