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n. pl. lit·a·nies
1. Christianity A liturgical prayer consisting of a series of petitions recited by a leader alternating with fixed responses by the congregation.
2. A repetitive recital, series, or list: "the litany of layoffs in recent months by corporate giants" (Sylvia Nasar).
[Middle English letanie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin letanīa, from Late Latin litanīa, from Late Greek litaneia, from Greek, entreaty, from litaneuein, to entreat, from litanos, entreating, from litē, supplication.]
n, pl -nies
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity
a. a form of prayer consisting of a series of invocations, each followed by an unvarying response
b. the Litany the general supplication in this form included in the Book of Common Prayer
2. any long or tedious speech or recital
[C13: via Old French from Medieval Latin litanīa from Late Greek litaneia prayer, ultimately from Greek litē entreaty]
lit•a•ny(ˈlɪt n i)
n., pl. -nies.
1. a ceremonial or liturgical form of prayer consisting of a series of invocations or supplications with responses.
2. a prolonged or tedious account: a whole litany of complaints.
[before 900; Middle English letanie, Old English letanīa < Medieval Latin, Late Latin litanīa < Late Greek litaneía litany, Greek: entreaty, n. derivative of litaínein or litaneúein to pray]
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|Noun||1.||litany - any long and tedious address or recital; "the patient recited a litany of complaints"; "a litany of failures"|
|2.||Litany - a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation|
Book of Common Prayer - the Anglican service book of the Church of England; has had several revisions since the Reformation and is widely admired for the dignity and beauty of its language