[doo-lahy-uh, dyoo-]
Compare hyperdulia, latria.

Origin of dulia

1605–15; < Medieval Latin dūlīa service, work done < Greek douleía slavery, equivalent to doûl(os) slave + -eia -y3
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Historical Examples of dulia

  • The lowest degree is the dulia, which is given to saints and angels.

  • Such adjuncts therefore are not foreign to those subordinate acts of worship or honour which are technically known as dulia.

    Our Lady Saint Mary

    J. G. H. Barry

British Dictionary definitions for dulia


  1. the veneration accorded to saints in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Churches, as contrasted with hyperdulia and latria

Word Origin for dulia

C17: from Medieval Latin: service, from Greek douleia slavery, from doulos slave
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