Misericord



[miz-er-i-kawrd, mi-zer-i-kawrd] /ˌmɪz ər ɪˈkɔrd, mɪˈzɛr ɪˌkɔrd/

noun
1.
a room in a monastery set apart for those monks permitted relaxation of the monastic rule.
2.
Also, subsellium. a small projection on the underside of a hinged seat of a church stall, which, when the seat is lifted, gives support to a person standing in the stall.
3.
a medieval dagger, used for the mercy stroke to a wounded foe.
/mɪˈzɛrɪˌkɔːd/
noun
1.
a ledge projecting from the underside of the hinged seat of a choir stall in a church, on which the occupant can support himself while standing
2.
(Christianity)

3.
a small medieval dagger used to give the death stroke to a wounded foe

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