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

  • n. A depiction of Jesus wearing the crown of thorns.

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  • n. A picture representing Jesus Christ as given up to the people by Pilate, and wearing a crown of thorns.


Late Latin ecce homō, behold the man : Latin ecce, behold + Latin homō, man.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, behold the man. See John xix. 5 in the Bible. (Wiktionary)


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  • Adopted by Nietzsche as the title of his autobiography.

    June 4, 2008

  • The title commonly given to depictions of Christ as he was presented to the crowd for crucifixion. Latin for "Behold, the man." The story of Pontius Pilate is told in various books of the Bible. The 'Ecce homo' episode is from John 19:5. Matthew 27:24. "When Pilate saw that he was doing no good, indeed that a riot was impending, he took some water, washed his hands before the crowd and said, "I am innocent of this man's blood. It is your affair." (From ArtLex)

    June 4, 2008