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[hahy-per-doo-lee-uh, -dyoo-] /ˌhaɪ pər dʊˈli ə, -dyʊ-/
noun, Roman Catholic Theology.
the veneration offered to the Virgin Mary as the most exalted of creatures.
Compare dulia, latria.
Origin of hyperdulia
From Medieval Latin, dating back to 1520-30; See origin at hyper-, dulia
Related forms
[hahy-per-doo-lik, -dyoo-] /ˌhaɪ pərˈdu lɪk, -ˈdyu-/ (Show IPA),
hyperdulical, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Associated words: mariolatry, mariolater, hyperdulia, Ave Maria.

    Putnam's Word Book Louis A. Flemming
  • hyperdulia is reserved for the Virgin alone; and latria is given to God and to each person of the Trinity.

  • Therefore she is to be venerated, to be saluted, and to be adored with the adoration of hyperdulia.

    Primitive Christian Worship James Endell Tyler
British Dictionary definitions for hyperdulia


(RC Church) special veneration accorded to the Virgin Mary Compare dulia, latria
Derived Forms
hyperdulic, hyperdulical, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin hyper- + Medieval Latin dulia service
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