Misericorde

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Misericorde Compassion; pity; mercy.
    • Misericorde (Anc. Armor) Same as Misericordia, 2.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • misericorde Merciful disposition; forgiving pity or kindness.
    • misericorde A dagger used by a knight to put a wounded man out of his misery (to give the coup de grâce). Against the complete armor of the knight the weapon would have no effect, except in the case of a fallen enemy, the joints of whose armor might be found and penetrated.
    • misericorde Same as miserere.
    • misericorde Relaxation of monastic rule; indulgence.
    • misericorde An apartment in a monastery in which certain relaxations of the rule were permitted; especially, one in which those monks ate to whom special allowances were made in food and drink.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Misericorde miz-e-ri-kord′ mercy, forgiveness, pity: a folding-seat: a narrow-bladed dagger for putting a wounded foe out of pain by the coup-de-grâce.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. miséricorde,. See Misericordia
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—misericors, -dis, tender-hearted.

Usage

In literature:

No fame of them the world permits to be; Misericord and Justice both disdain them.
"Divine Comedy, Longfellow's Translation, Hell" by Dante Alighieri
Misericorde, there goes the tinkle already.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
But he would not till with Lucas's own misericorde he had given him coup de grace.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
These misericords, as they are called, were usually curiously, even grotesquely carved.
"Life in a Mediæval City" by Edwin Benson
The misericords of Bishop Bruere have been placed beneath the seats.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Exeter" by Percy Addleshaw
The hinged seats, known as misereres or misericordes, were constructed to keep the monks from falling asleep while at prayers.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Carlisle" by C. King Eley
HOW I CAUGHT THE MISERICORDE.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
In the majority of the misericordes the carving, originally fanciful, has suffered at the hands of bigots.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury" by H. J. L. J. Massé
Many of the misericordes indeed are no doubt taken from the stone-work outside.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
Of the old woodwork the MISERICORDS have alone escaped destruction.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells" by Percy Dearmer
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