pietà

noun, often capitalized
pie·​tà | \ˌpē-(ˌ)ā-ˈtä, pyā-\

Definition of pietà 

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

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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, "Ozark’s muddy season 2, explained in 11 incomprehensible screenshots," 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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