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

noun Roman Catholic Theology.

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