from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A village of north-central Italy in the Apennines. In January 1077 the Holy Roman emperor Henry IV did penance in the castle here to obtain a pardon from his excommunication by Pope Gregory VII.


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  • Canossa -- the _alba Canossa_, the _candida petra_ of its rhyming chronicler.

    Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series

  • Dodd, Durbin, Kennedy, etc., and who are involved in the abortion business, need to undergo a sort of mini-Canossa.

    Sen. Ted Kennedy's right to a Catholic funeral

  • These Congresscritters know perfectly well they have a big problem here, but they felt obliged nonetheless to make their highly publicized trips to Canossa.

    Rush Is Having Fun

  • Matilda of Canossa had obsessed Maureen for the better part of the last two years, possessing her first when Maureen read the autobiography of the controversial countess, and then as she wrote her latest book in honor of this remarkable woman.

    The Poet Prince

  • Destino spoke of training Matilda of Canossa, who lived a thousand years ago, as if she were his student just last year.

    The Poet Prince

  • This cradle was made for the birth of Matilda of Canossa.

    The Poet Prince

  • It was her discovery of this shadowy Order—which still existed today—that had led her to discover Matilda of Canossa, a Tuscan countess who had lived in the eleventh century.

    The Poet Prince

  • Look, all we are saying is that unless Sen Obama crawls towards Sen Clinton on his knees through West Virginia in sack-cloth and ashes like Henry IV grovelling before Gregory VII in Canossa, we will know that he is not serious about uniting the country ...

    Clinton Camp: Obama Shouldn't Get Away With Writing Off West Virginia Loss

  • Or is it that the conservative movement should be defined by its mostly dead intellectuals and not by Limbaugh, nor the Republican politicians who have to crawl on their knees to Canossa every time they criticize him, nor the brain-dead Birthers and other fringes?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Conservatives, Political Correctness and the Academy

  • German emperors Henry IV on his journey to Canossa crossed in 1077, while Frederick Barbarossa did so in 1175.

    Via Francigena


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