Canossa

noun Ca·nos·sa \kəˈnäsə, -ˈȯ-\

Definition of Canossa

plural

-s

  1. :  a place or occasion of submission, humiliation, or penance —often used with go to he went to his Canossa when he reversed his policy

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Origin and Etymology of canossa

from Canossa, village in northern Italy where Emperor Henry IV made humble submission to Pope Gregory VII in 1077


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