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MISERICORDIA, mercy. An arbitrary or discretionary amercement.
     2. To be in mercy, is to be liable to such punishment as the judge may in his discretion inflict. According to Spelman, misericordia is so called, because the party is in mercy, and to distinguish this fine from redemptions, or heavy fines. Spelm. GI. ad voc.; see Co. Litt. 126 b, and Madox's Excheq. c. 14. See Judgment of Misericordia.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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About 20% of Misericordia's 600 residents come from families in poverty or have no family and are wards of the state.
Rupnik--, dos secciones sobre la misericordia y las obras de misericordia en general, y siete capitulos, dedicados respectivamente a cada una de las obras de misericordia espirituales.
Therefore, the case of one of the ancient non-profit organizations (NPOs) in the world, the "Venerabile Arciconfraternita della Misericordia di Firenze" (Confraternity of Mercy of Florence), represents the empirical setting for the chosen study.
Quanto aqueles que, dotados de verdadeira piedade, bem se conduzem, se possuem conhecimento para reger o povo, nada e mais feliz para as coisas humanas quanto Deus darlhes, por misericordia, o poder.
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"In the meantime the head of the Misericordia, the priest and their friends grew fat, bought luxury cars, flats and boats," he said.
At first glance, my institution, Misericordia University in Pennsylvania, received a solid, but uninspiring B- from Forbes.