- 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
Examples from the Web for miserere
The number of lashes depends on the time which it takes to pray the Miserere.Roman Catholicism in Spain
Tenebræ had been going on for some time in the Basilica, and the people were singing the Miserere.The Eternal City
Olive knew no more prayers in Latin, but her cousin began the Miserere.Olive in Italy
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.Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume II (of 2)
- another word for misericord (def. 1)
- the 51st psalm, the Latin version of which begins "Miserere mei, Deus" ("Have mercy on me, O God")
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."