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via dolorosa

[dol-uh-roh-suh, doh-luh-] /ˌdɒl əˈroʊ sə, ˌdoʊ lə-/
noun
1.
(initial capital letters) Christ's route to Golgotha.
2.
a trying, painful, or sorrowful course or series of experiences.
Origin of via dolorosa
< Latin via dolōrōsa literally, sorrowful road
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  • There is but one goal to the via dolorosa; there is no escape from the central chamber of that labyrinth.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Yet one feels that, despite his wealth, his renown, existence was for him a via dolorosa.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • But what a via dolorosa it is, that grim ditch dug across Europe, with its crouching men behind the snipers' plates.

    On the King's Service Innes Logan
  • There was no moon; nothing but the gas-lamps lighted Clare's via dolorosa.

    A Rough Shaking George MacDonald
  • It was truly a via dolorosa, and we walked on it with saddened hearts, musing on the awful sufferings our countrymen had endured.

  • Life cannot be all serenity and peace to the pilgrims who toil upon its stormy way, its via dolorosa.

    Ghosts I Have Seen Violet Tweedale
  • Their via dolorosa is marked by long rows of crosses on either side, emblems of suffering, death, and sacrifice.

    Raemaekers' Cartoons Louis Raemaekers
  • Ah, that via dolorosa of the destitute, that chemin de la croix of the homeless.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • And next day there was one more revealing incident that helped, yet also hindered him, as he moved along his via dolorosa.

    The Wave Algernon Blackwood
  • Take but one instance out of the many that crossed my via dolorosa of the anguish inflicted on the mothers of the poor.

British Dictionary definitions for via dolorosa

Via Dolorosa

/ˈviːə ˌdɒləˈrəʊsə/
noun
1.
the route followed by Christ from the place of his condemnation to Calvary for his crucifixion
2.
an arduous or distressing course or experience
Word Origin
Latin, literally: sorrowful road
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