Definition of via dolorosa in US English:

via dolorosa


the Via Dolorosa
  • 1The route believed to have been taken by Jesus through Jerusalem to Calvary.

    • ‘The Stations of the Cross, the seven falls of Jesus on the Via Dolorosa, the seven words spoken on the cross, or the roles of Mary, Veronica, or other ‘good Jews’ are drawn from Catholic tradition.’
    • ‘The Via Dolorosa, Christ's last trip as a mortal, is, like everything else, not what I expected.’
    • ‘After a short walk along Via Dolorosa you reach the church marking the site of Jesus' crucifixion, where Christians spend time in silent contemplation.’
    • ‘The heavy patibulum of the cross is tied across His shoulders, and the procession of the condemned Christ, two thieves, and the execution detail of Roman soldiers headed by a centurion begins its slow journey along the Via Dolorosa.’
    • ‘Of special significance to Christians, the Via Dolorosa follows the Nine Stations of the Cross from St. Stephen's Gate through the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.’
    • ‘This area includes several Muslim and Christian religious institutions and the Via Dolorosa.’
    • ‘We walked through Jerusalem from the Western Wall to the Via Dolorosa, and visited the West Bank and Gaza, the Golan Heights, and the Sea of Galilee to get a sense of place and perspective.’
    • ‘Just minutes from the hotel, you can walk the limestone paths of the Via Dolorosa in the Old City or Ben Yehuda mall in the new town.’
    • ‘Following Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa, actually or by moving through the stations of the cross, a Christian retraces Christ's last steps toward the pivotal moment in God's relation to man.’
    • ‘The ‘Egged’ bus dropped us at the Jaffa Gate, and we were taken to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - site of the Crucifixion - down the Via Dolorosa with its intriguing markets, and eventually to the Wailing Wall.’
    • ‘A good example in the film is the crowd gathered along the Via Dolorosa (the road which Jesus walked with the cross).’
    • ‘Never mind that professors cannot determine if the present-day Via Dolorosa is the correct route taken by Jesus as he carried his cross to Calvary, that is a side issue which is regularly dusted down for an academic punch-up.’
    • ‘In the film, to be sure, there are shots of women weeping along the Via Dolorosa, but the dominant tone in the film is one of rage-inducing voyeurism.’
    1. 1.1 A distressing or painful journey or process.
      ‘he commenced a via dolorosa to the coast’
      • ‘Supernaturalistic explanations for why Jesus died and how his death saves us, however, largely evade the historical implications of messiahship and discipleship along the via dolorosas of life.’
      • ‘As if we didn't know that already, here comes an article about all the health risks of over-wearing stilettos and the horrible via dolorosas a woman will need to go in order to fix these.’
      • ‘David Hare's Via Dolorosa is in the same vein but even that outstanding piece is not as good.’
      • ‘The same year, he starred in his own Via Dolorosa, an emotive monologue about the Palestine-Israel conflict, in which he made his acting debut ‘in order better to direct people's attention to the material itself’.’
      • ‘Their story, however, is not that of ‘man's’ sublime journey along life's Via Dolorosa, but that of a painter's travels with her fellow citizens around New York.’
      • ‘Backward beyond the beginning of this via dolorosa - this epic of suffering with episodes of sin - I see nothing clearly; it comes out of a cloud.’
      • ‘The events which led to the outbreak of the Second World War in Europe and the Pacific followed a well-known path - the via dolorosa of mankind in the 1930s and early 1940s.’
      • ‘His Via Dolorosa to freedom is covered not only with unspeakable suffering, but with countless mistakes.’
      • ‘And most importantly, letting the treaty stagger on along a Via Dolorosa of months of rejection is dangerous.’
      • ‘Uncertain of the outcome, Selma sings and dances her via dolorosa to the gallows accompanied by the guard.’
      • ‘Science promises cures and miracles, but the most advanced country in the world risks heading back down a Via Dolorosa to the time of Vera Drake.’


Latin, literally ‘painful path’.


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