pietà

noun, often capitalized
pie·​tà | \ ˌpē-(ˌ)ā-ˈtä How to pronounce pietà (audio) , pyā- \

Definition of pietà

: a representation of the Virgin Mary mourning over the dead body of Christ

Examples of pietà in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Begun a decade before the sculptor’s death, the piece originally featured the fallen Christ and the mourning Madonna as robust, supple figures, as in his most famous pieta, now at St. Peter’s Basilica. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2019 The last one, in particular, accompanies an emotionally powerful moment, and seeing this sort of negative image of a pieta could create something incredibly moving. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, 1 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of pietà

circa 1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pietà

Italian, literally, pity, from Latin pietat-, pietas

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“Pietà.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piet%C3%A0. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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