What does litany mean?

Definitions for litanyˈlɪt n i

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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

  2. Origin: [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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Litany

    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. litaneialitesthai, to pray.]

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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of litany in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of litany in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Peter Kenny:

    There is a litany of reasons why people are more comfortable being out of the market.

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