Definitions for litanyˈlɪt n i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lit•a•nyˈlɪt n i(n.)(pl.)-nies.

  1. a ceremonial or liturgical form of prayer consisting of a series of invocations or supplications with responses.

    Category: Religion

  2. a prolonged or tedious account:

    a whole litany of complaints.

Origin of litany:

bef. 900; ME letanie, OE letanīa < ML, LL litanīa < LGk litaneía litany, Gk: entreaty, n. der. of litaínein or litaneúein to pray

Princeton's WordNet

  1. litany(noun)

    any long and tedious address or recital

    "the patient recited a litany of complaints"; "a litany of failures"

  2. Litany(noun)

    a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation


  1. litany(Noun)

    A ritual liturgical prayer in which a series of prayers recited by a leader are alternated with responses from the congregation.

  2. litany(Noun)

    A prolonged or tedious account.

  3. Origin: From λιτανεία, from λιτή.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Litany(noun)

    a solemn form of supplication in the public worship of various churches, in which the clergy and congregation join, the former leading and the latter responding in alternate sentences. It is usually of a penitential character


  1. Litany

    A litany, in Christian worship and some forms of Judaic worship, is a form of prayer used in services and processions, and consisting of a number of petitions. The word comes from the Latin litania and the Ancient Greek: λιτανεία, which in turn comes from Ancient Greek: λιτή, meaning "supplication". For the "Litany" as used in the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, see Ektenia.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Litany

    a form of supplication in connection with some impending calamity in which the prayer of the priest or officiating clergyman is responded to by the congregation.


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