mater dolorosa

Latin noun phrase
ma·​ter do·​lo·​ro·​sa | \ ˈmä-ter-ˌdō-lō-ˈrō-sä How to pronounce mater dolorosa (audio) \

Definition of mater dolorosa

: sorrowful mother used especially for depictions of the Virgin Mary grieving over her dead son

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“Mater dolorosa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mater%20dolorosa. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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