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Definitions of litany

  1. 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
  2. A solemn form of prayer or supplication. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. A praying: a form of supplication in public worship. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Solemn form of supplication. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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Usage examples for litany

  1. He and his at once uttered the responses, and on Sunday one of them read the Litany – John Knox and the Reformation by Andrew Lang
  2. On the shore the religious stand watching; and Serapion is at the rudder, steering and glancing back; and the others aboard are waving hands landward; and on a thwart beside the mast stands the little lad, and at a sign from Serapion he lifts up his clear sweet voice, singing joyfully the Kyrie eleison of the Litany – A Child's Book of Saints by William Canton
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