Definition of dulia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌd(y)o͞oˈlīə/


(In Roman Catholic theology) the reverence accorded to saints and angels. Compare with latria.
Example sentences
  • In the twelfth century the distinction between latria and dulia finally became common knowledge.
  • The reply of our Lord to the tempter seems purposely framed so as to include both latria and dulia.
  • Finally, all the angels and canonized Saints receive what is called veneration, given in Latin as dulia.


Late Middle English: via medieval Latin from Greek douleia 'servitude', from doulos 'slave'.

Words that rhyme with dulia

Apulia, Julia, peculiar

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Syllabification: du·li·a

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