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 letanīa from Late Latin litanīa from Late Greek litaneia from Greek entreaty from litaneuein to entreat from litanos entreating from litē supplication
From Ancient Greek Î»Î¹Ï„Î±Î½ÎµÎ¯Î± (litaneia, “prayer"), from Î»Î¹Ï„Î® (litÄ“, “prayer, entreaty").