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1A ledge projecting from the underside of a hinged seat in a choir stall which, when the seat is turned up, gives support to someone standing.
- ‘The sixty-two misericords or priests' seats, carved with everything from lions to scenes of everyday life, are believed to be of 1390.’
- ‘A misericord in St. George's Chapel, Windsor, shows four enormous hounds piling into a cauldron, indifferent to the cook just poised to hurl his ladle.’
- ‘Weak light filters in through stained glass and creates deep shadows among the pews and misericords.’
- ‘These appear in the stained glass windows, stone column capitals, decorated ends of pews, or even the misericords carved on the bottom of hinged church seats.’
- ‘Naturalistic animals were carved on misericords in the early 14th century, and individualized facial features appeared on the small human heads that decorated keystones and arch mouldings.’
2historical An apartment in a monastery in which some relaxations of the monastic rule were permitted.
3historical A small dagger used to deliver a death stroke to a wounded enemy.
Middle English (denoting pity): from Old French misericorde, from Latin misericordia, from misericors compassionate, from the stem of misereri to pity + cor, cord- heart.
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