Definitions of litany

  1. a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. any long and tedious address or recital; "the patient recited a litany of complaints"; "a litany of failures" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A solemn form of prayer or supplication. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. A praying: a form of supplication in public worship. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Solemn form of supplication. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. A supplicatory or responsive prayer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A solemn form of supplication used in public worship; a collection of short prayers, with responses from the congregation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. A solemn form of supplication used in public worship. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. lit'a-ni, n. a prayer of supplication, esp. in processions: an appointed form of responsive prayer in public worship in which the same thing is repeated several times at no long intervals.--ns. LIT'ANY-DESK, -STOOL, in the English Church, a movable desk at which a minister kneels, facing the altar, while he recites the litany.--LESSER LITANY, the common formula, 'Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.' [O. Fr.,--Low L. litania--Gr. litaneia--litesthai, to pray.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  11. Series of petitions for use in church services or processions recited by clergy& responded to usu. in repeated formula (s) by people (the L., that contained in the Common Prayer Book); l.-desk, -stool, at which reciter of l. kneels. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  12. n. [Latin] A solemn form of supplications for mercy and deliverance, used in public worship. Cabinet Dictionary

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