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Line breaks: pietà
Pronunciation: /pjeɪˈtɑː

Definition of pietà in English:


A picture or sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding the dead body of Christ on her lap or in her arms.
Example sentences
  • There's a warped pietà on the front of the mall, underneath which a grown-over inscription declares: ‘I Am the Resurrection.’
  • Perfect as an allegory - the pietà, the sacrificial lamb - and yet so empathetically maternal, it gives warmth to the solemn poise of Bellini.
  • From the agony in the garden, where Gibson begins, to the pietà at the foot of the cross, Jesus does what he teaches.


Italian, from Latin pietas 'dutifulness'.

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