Litany meaning

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(christianity) A liturgical prayer consisting of a series of petitions recited by a leader alternating with fixed responses by the congregation.
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A series of fixed invocations and responses, used as a prayer.
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A repetitive recital, series, or list.
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The definition of a litany is a long and tedious list.

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.

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A ritual liturgical prayer in which a series of prayers recited by a leader are alternated with responses from the congregation.
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Any recital or account regarded as repetitive or long-winded.
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Origin of litany

  • Middle 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 American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek λιτανεία (litaneia, “prayer"), from λιτή (litÄ“, “prayer, entreaty").

    From Wiktionary