Definition of Litany

1. Noun. Any long and tedious address or recital. "A litany of failures"

Generic synonyms: Address, Speech



2. Noun. A prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation.
Generic synonyms: Prayer
Group relationships: Book Of Common Prayer

Definition of Litany

1. n. 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.

Definition of Litany

1. Noun. A ritual liturgical prayer in which a series of prayers recited by a leader are alternated with responses from the congregation. ¹

2. Noun. A prolonged or tedious account. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Litany

1. a ceremonial form of prayer [n -NIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Litany

listviews
listwashing
listwise
listy
lisuride
lit-house
lit.
lit crit
lit de justice
lit out
lit up
litai
litanic
litanies
litany (current term)
litarge
litas
litate
litchee
litchees
litchi
litchi nut
litchi tree
litchis
lite
lited
liteness
litenesses
liter

Literary usage of Litany

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"Four years later, however, a revised litany w.is restored in Evangelical worship ... The German litany was also appended to the third edition of his smaller ..."

2. Journal of Theological Studies by Oxford Journals (Oxford University Press) (1906)
"Before examining the features of the litany of Stowe, it will be proper ... This litany appears as an item of what is now called the ' Praeparatio ..."

3. A Glossary of Liturgical and Ecclesiastical Terms by Frederick George Lee (1877)
"—A litany in which our Lord is invoked under the various scriptural and ... —A litany in which the archangels and angels are invoked by the faithful, ..."

4. The Historic Note-book: With an Appendix of Battles by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1903)
"litany. A prayer of supplication, each petition of which is announced by the ... A 'liturgy' is a Common Prayer-book containing the litany and many other ..."

5. An Exposition of the Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the by Andrew Fowler (1807)
"I. Of the litany in general. A. A general form of supplication to be used by the minister ... The word litany was used by the most ancient Heathen authors, ..."

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