Definition of pietà in English:

pietà

noun

  • A picture or sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding the dead body of Christ on her lap or in her arms.

    • ‘Perfect as an allegory - the pietà, the sacrificial lamb - and yet so empathetically maternal, it gives warmth to the solemn poise of Bellini.’
    • ‘In this tradition of Michelangelo, Milton, and Scorcese, Gibson has made his own pietà.’
    • ‘There's a warped pietà on the front of the mall, underneath which a grown-over inscription declares: ‘I Am the Resurrection.’’
    • ‘From the agony in the garden, where Gibson begins, to the pietà at the foot of the cross, Jesus does what he teaches.’

Origin

Italian, from Latin pietas ‘dutifulness’.

Pronunciation

pietà

/pjeɪˈtɑː/