via dolorosa

noun
via do·lo·ro·sa | \-ˌdäləˈrōsə, -ˌdōl-\

Definition of via dolorosa 

: a painfully difficult route, passage, or series of experiences an epoch which condemns its children to a via dolorosa of examinations— Herbert Read

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History and Etymology for via dolorosa

from Via Dolorosa (from Latin, literally, sorrowful road), Jesus' route from Pilate's judgment hall to Golgotha to be crucified

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