When a person lists all the things that are wrong with his house, this is an example of a litany of complaints about his house.
- a series of fixed invocations and responses, used as a prayer
- any recital or account regarded as repetitive or long-winded
Origin of litanyMiddle English letanie ; from Old French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin litania ; from Ecclesiastical Greek litaneia ; from Classical Greek litanos, pleading ; from lit?, a request
- Christianity A liturgical prayer consisting of a series of petitions recited by a leader alternating with fixed responses by the congregation.
- A repetitive recital, series, or list: “the litany of layoffs in recent months by corporate giants” (Sylvia Nasar).
Origin of litanyMiddle English letanie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin letan&imacron;a, from Late Latin litan&imacron;a, from Late Greek litaneia, from Greek, entreaty, from litaneuein, to entreat, from litanos, entreating, from lit&emacron;, supplication.
From Ancient Greek Î»Î¹Ï„Î±Î½ÎµÎ¯Î± (litaneia, “prayer"), from Î»Î¹Ï„Î® (litÄ“, “prayer, entreaty").