[ doo-lahy-uh, dyoo- ]
/ duˈlaɪ ə, dyu- /

noun Roman Catholic Theology.

veneration and invocation given to saints as the servants of God.

Nearby words

  1. dulcify,
  2. dulcimer,
  3. dulcinea,
  4. dulcitol,
  5. dulcy,
  6. dull,
  7. dull as dishwater,
  8. dull knife,
  9. dull-witted,
  10. dullard

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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Examples from the Web for dulia

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

British Dictionary definitions for dulia


/ (ˈdjuːlɪə) /


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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