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1. A variant reading or transcription of a text or copy.
2. A reading from Scripture that forms a part of a church service.

[Latin lēctiō, lēctiōn-, a reading; see lesson.]
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a variant reading of a passage in a particular copy or edition of a text
[C16: from Latin lectio a reading, from legere to read, select]
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(ˈlɛk ʃən)

1. a version of a passage in a particular copy or edition of a text.
2. a sacred writing read in a divine service.
[1530–40; < Latin lēctiō a reading, passage =leg(ere) to choose, gather, read (c. Greek légein to speak) + -tiō -tion]
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a reading from a text, especially a reading from the Bible as part of a church service.
See also: Bible
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