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LITANY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Litany mean? 

LITANY (noun)
  The noun LITANY has 2 senses:

1. any long and tedious address or recital
2. a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation

  Familiarity information: LITANY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LITANY (noun)


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Meaning:

Any long and tedious address or recital

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context examples:

the patient recited a litany of complaints / a litany of failures

Hypernyms ("litany" is a kind of...):

address; speech (the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience)


Sense 2Litany [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Instance hypernyms:

prayer (a fixed text used in praying)

Holonyms ("Litany" is a part of...):

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)


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