Definition of Via Crucis in English:

Via Crucis

noun

  • 1

    another term for the way of the Cross (see way)
    • ‘The only Holy Week celebration which had no one delegated to preside at was the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) service at the Colosseum, indicating that the Pope still wanted to do it if his health permitted.’
    • ‘The ‘retrograde’ tableau above, however has regressed from Crucifixion via the Via Crucis to the Betrayal.’
    • ‘In 1747 he painted a series of fourteen paintings, The Via Crucis, for S. Polo, Venice, in which he displays an independent style, simpler and more direct than his father and less exuberant.’
    1. 1.1 A lengthy and distressing or painful procedure.
      ‘we embarked on a Via Crucis of tired comic formulae’

Origin

Latin.

Pronunciation

Via Crucis

/ˌviːə ˈkruːtʃɪs/