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crown of thorns

  • n  any affliction that causes great suffering
  • n  somewhat climbing bushy spurge of Madagascar having long woody spiny stems with few leaves and flowers with scarlet bracts
  • n  a mock crown made of thorn branches that Roman soldiers placed on Jesus before the Crucifixion
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  • Damaged Christ sculpture fronts violence on art exhibition
    LONDON (Reuters) - A damaged sculpture of Christ that lay hidden for hundreds of years beneath the floor of a London chapel will be the centerpiece of an exhibition at the Tate Britain this year that explores physical attacks on art works. "The Statue of the Dead Christ" is missing its crown of thorns, arms and lower legs with the damage thought to be the result of an attack in the 16th century ...
    July 5, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! News

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