Definitions for litany
ˈlɪt n ilitany
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word litany.
any long and tedious address or recital
"the patient recited a litany of complaints"; "a litany of failures"
a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation
A ritual liturgical prayer in which a series of prayers recited by a leader are alternated with responses from the congregation.
A prolonged or tedious account.
Etymology: From λιτανεία, from λιτή.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
A form of supplicatory prayer.
Etymology: λιτάνεια; litanie, French.
Supplications, with solemnity for the appeasing of God’s wrath, were, of the Greek church, termed litanies and rogations of the latin. Richard Hooker, b. v.
Recollect your sins that you have done that week, and all your life-time; and recite humbly and devoutly some penitential litanies. Jeremy Taylor, Guide to Devotion.
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 through Latin litania from Ancient Greek λιτανεία (litaneía), which in turn comes from λιτή (litḗ), meaning "supplication".
A litany is a form of prayer or religious chant that involves a series of repetitive and often insistent petitions or supplications, typically recited by a congregation or group of worshipers in response to a leader or officiant. It serves as a way to express devotion, seek divine intervention, or address specific needs or concerns. Outside of religious contexts, a litany can also refer to a repetitive or long list of items, often used to emphasize or exaggerate something.
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
Etymology: [OE. letanie, OF. letanie, F. litanie, L. litania, Gr. litanei`a, fr. litaney`ein to pray, akin to li`tesqai, li`ssesqai, to pray, lith` prayer.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lit′a-ni, n. a prayer of supplication, esp. in processions: an appointed form of responsive prayer in public worship in which the same thing is repeated several times at no long intervals.—ns. Lit′any-desk, -stool, in the English Church, a movable desk at which a minister kneels, facing the altar, while he recites the litany.—Lesser litany, the common formula, 'Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.' [O. Fr.,—Low L. litania—Gr. litaneia—litesthai, to pray.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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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Etymology and Origins
See “Rogation Days.”
The numerical value of litany in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of litany in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
This complaint reads more like political talking points than a reasoned legal brief, and it contains a litany of inaccurate information.
Republicans should focus on the litany of what are unanswered questions that we have previewed on this program last night, the political bias, the prosecutorial misconduct, politics, conflicts of interest.
There is a litany of countries that footwear companies will consider before coming to the United States.
There is a litany of reasons why people are more comfortable being out of the market.
There is simply no valid legal basis to interfere with this duly authorized subpoena from Congress, this complaint reads more like political talking points than a reasoned legal brief, and it contains a litany of inaccurate information.
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