[pee-ey-tah, pyey-tah, pee-ey-tuh, pyey-]
- a representation of the Virgin Mary mourning over the body of the dead Christ, usually shown held on her lap.
Origin of Pietà
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Examples from the Web for pieta
Her new single, “Pieta,” is something you can worship and blaspheme at the same time.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
It was when she came to pictures of the Pieta that she burst out.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
You didn't read the words in raised letters on the base of the pieta?The Last Miracle
M. P. Shiel
She remembered how once she had stood with him in St. Peter's—in front of the "Pieta."The Higher Court
Mary Stewart Daggett
Aida closes the scene with the same prayer to Heaven "Pieta!"Stars of the Opera
All the saints were there in assorted sizes, the Pieta, the cradle in the manger.Fanny Herself
- a sculpture, painting, or drawing of the dead Christ, supported by the Virgin Mary
Italian: pity, from Latin pietās piety
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Word Origin and History for pieta
"Virgin holding the dead body of Christ," 1640s, from Italian pieta, from Latin pietatem (see piety).
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