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Meaning of LITANY

Pronunciation:  'litnee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation
  2. [n]  any long and tedious address or recital; "the patient recited a litany of complaints"
 

LITANY is a 6 letter word that starts with L.

 

 See Also: address, Book of Common Prayer, prayer, speech

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Lit"a*ny\, n.; pl. {Litanies}. [OE. letanie, OF.
letanie, F. litanie, L. litania, Gr. ?, fr. ? to pray, akin
to ?, ?, to pray, ? prayer.]
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.

      Supplications . . . for the appeasing of God's wrath
      were of the Greek church termed litanies, and rogations
      of the Latin.                            --Hooker.

 
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