Canossa

noun
Ca·​nos·​sa | \ kəˈnäsə, -ˈȯ- \
plural -s

Definition of Canossa

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

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History and Etymology for Canossa

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

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“Canossa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Canossa. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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