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[miz-uh-rair-ee, -reer-ee] /ˌmɪz əˈrɛər i, -ˈrɪər i/
the 51st Psalm, or the 50th in the Douay Bible.
a musical setting for it.
(lowercase) a prayer or expression of appeal for mercy.
(lowercase) misericord (def 3).
Origin of Miserere
From the Latin word miserēre literally, have pity (imperative), first word of the psalm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Miserere
Historical Examples
  • The number of lashes depends on the time which it takes to pray the Miserere.

  • Tenebræ had been going on for some time in the Basilica, and the people were singing the Miserere.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Olive knew no more prayers in Latin, but her cousin began the Miserere.

    Olive in Italy Moray Dalton
  • For the Miserere in the Sistine Chapel tickets are also issued.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • He has been to Rome, and indulged himself with listening to the Miserere.

  • Every Friday morning at ten o'clock the Miserere is celebrated here.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain William Wiehe Collins
  • Come out with me to the Miserere, and talk to your paisanita for me while I listen.

    Ponce de Leon

    William Pilling
  • Oh, could she once hear the Miserere of Mozart, just to know what music was like!

    The Minister's Wooing Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • He should have said “Miserere nobis,” “have mercy upon us,” as in our Litany.

    Church Bells H. B. Walters
  • From afar were heard the sound of angel harps and the tones of a Miserere.

British Dictionary definitions for Miserere


/ˌmɪzəˈrɛərɪ; -ˈrɪərɪ/
another word for misericord (sense 1)


/ˌmɪzəˈrɛərɪ; -ˈrɪərɪ/
the 51st psalm, the Latin version of which begins "Miserere mei, Deus" ("Have mercy on me, O God")
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Miserere

51st Psalm (one of the Penitential Psalms), 13c., from Miserere mei Deus "Have mercy upon me, O God," opening line, from Latin miserere "feel pity, have compassion, commiserate," imperative of misereri "to have mercy," from miser (see miser). From 15c.-17c. used as an informal measure of time, "the time it takes to recite the Miserere." Also in miserere mei "kind of severe colic ('iliac passion') accompanied by excruciating cramps and vomiting of excrement" (1610s), literally "have mercy on me."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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