Definition of sudarium in English:

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Pronunciation: /s(j)uːˈdɛːrɪəm/

noun (plural sudaria /s(j)uːˈdɛːrɪə/)

(In the Roman Catholic Church) another term for veronica (sense 2).
Example sentences
  • The figure is artfully foreshortened, engaging in a sweeping contrapposto to provide a virtuoso ‘frame’ for the sudarium, the origin of all cult images, made without human hands from the face of Christ.
  • Counter-posed to such diabolical artifice is the sacred prototype of holy icons, pictured on the painted frame above the idol: the sudarium of Veronica.
  • As is normal in representations of the Last Judgment, the sudarium does not appear among the arma christi born by angels in the uppermost zone of the fresco.


Early 17th century: from Latin, literally 'napkin', from sudor 'sweat'.

Words that rhyme with sudarium

aquarium, armamentarium, barium, caldarium, cinerarium, columbarium, dolphinarium, frigidarium, herbarium, honorarium, planetarium, rosarium, sanitarium, solarium, tepidarium, terrarium, vivarium

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