Definition of litany in English:
noun (plural litanies)
1A series of petitions for use in church services or processions, usually recited by the clergy and responded to in a recurring formula by the people.
- Many times in my life, I have heard Perpetua and Felicity mentioned in litanies of saints and prayers of the Church.
- So out went audible responses, the minister's surplice and the litany.
- One day just before Easter, we joined a procession which wound along singing litanies, in and out of four churches, before finishing at Santa Chiara, a sort of liturgical pub crawl.
1.1 (the Litany) A litany contained in the Book of Common Prayer.
- Sympathetically, they sang to him penitential psalms, particularly the Miserere, and the Litany of Loreto, while he gazed at a panel from their diverse collection of tavolette.
- This was initiated by the singing of Veni, Creator and the Litany, and the saying of several long prayers.
- About the same time the primers were revised, and the King's Primer issued in 1545 in the interest of uniformity; it included the English Litany.
2A tedious recital or repetitive series: a litany of complaints
More example sentences
- But the litany of complaints from Government officials cannot be taken up by anyone other than themselves.
- A similar litany of complaints might have come from any United follower in the street, which is why fan endorsement has been nearly unanimous.
- Sorry, but I don't have any more time to address your litany of other complaints.
Middle English: from Old French letanie, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek litaneia 'prayer', from litē 'supplication'.
Words that rhyme with litanyBrittany, dittany
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