[ doo-lahy-uh, dyoo- ]

nounRoman Catholic Theology.
  1. veneration and invocation given to saints as the servants of God.

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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How to use dulia in a sentence

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for dulia


/ (ˈdjuːlɪə) /

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

Origin of dulia

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

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