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liturgical Syllabification: li·tur·gi·cal
Pronunciation: /ləˈtərjək(ə)l/

Definition of liturgical in English:


Of or relating to liturgy or public worship.
Example sentences
  • Pope Pius XII in particular contributed heavily to renewal of the Church's liturgical and Sacramental life.
  • As early as the ninth century, there was a liturgical ceremony ritualizing the act of adoption.
  • Changes are occurring in the liturgical worship of Orthodox churches again, here and there.


Mid 17th century: via medieval Latin from Greek leitourgikos (see liturgy) + -al.



Pronunciation: /ləˈtərjək(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • In America, were the book a quarter of its price, it might provide light reading for liturgically interested clergy.
  • The liturgically centered Episcopalians who see the trend coming are understandably interested in providing rites of commitment supported by the church.
  • The challenges are for the liturgically savvy, whether ordained or lay.

Words that rhyme with liturgical

dramaturgical, metallurgical, surgical

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