plural -s
: a place or occasion of submission, humiliation, or penance
often used with go to
he went to his Canossa when he reversed his policy

Word History


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

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“Canossa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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