Definition of liturgy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlidərjē/

noun (plural liturgies)

1A form or formulary according to which public religious worship, especially Christian worship, is conducted.
Example sentences
  • John takes this opportunity to provide his reader with something equally important to Eucharistic liturgy.
  • In reality, there has always been growth and development in Orthodox liturgy.
  • From then on, Coptic was used only in Christian liturgy.
ritual, worship, service, ceremony, rite, observance, celebration, sacrament;
tradition, custom, practice, rubric
formal ordinance
1.1A religious service conducted according to a liturgy.
Example sentences
  • The final chapter summarizes and integrates the previous chapters with a study of Genesis that examines themes and suggests a brief liturgy as a conclusion to the study.
  • A year earlier, Communion had been denied to two women present at a conciliar liturgy, which attracted much attention in the press.
  • Soloists, organists and all musicians are reminded that their primary role is one of service to the liturgy.
1.2 (the Liturgy) The Eucharistic service of the Eastern Orthodox Church (also called the Divine Liturgy).
Example sentences
  • The Catholic Mass is composed of the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, but when Catholics speak of ‘going to Mass’ it is chiefly the second they have in mind.
  • Even now, in our celebration of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Word comes before the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
  • I cooked alone, ate alone, and walked alone four times a day up the steep hill to the monastery to participate in the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours.
2(In ancient Athens) a public office or duty performed voluntarily by a rich Athenian.
Example sentences
  • Replacement funds were presumably provided by the Athenian élite through liturgies, impositions of property and ‘semi-voluntary’ subscriptions.



Pronunciation: /ˈlidərjəst/
Example sentences
  • Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of liturgists?
  • I tend to complain about bad liturgies but I'm sure the priests during liturgy properly would appreciate the support, since the pressure from the liturgist community is probably great.


Mid 16th century: via French or late Latin from Greek leitourgia 'public service, worship of the gods', from leitourgos 'minister', from lēitos 'public' + -ergos 'working'.

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Syllabification: lit·ur·gy

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