mis·er·i·cord or mis·er·i·corde (mĭzər-ĭ-kôrd′, mĭ-zĕr-)
a. Relaxation of monastic rules, as a dispensation from fasting.
b. The room in a monastery used by monks who have been granted such a dispensation.
2. A bracket attached to the underside of a hinged seat in a church stall on which a standing person may lean. Also called miserere.
3. A narrow dagger used in medieval times to deliver the death stroke to a seriously wounded knight.
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