[hahy-per-doo-lee-uh, -dyoo-]

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 formshy·per·du·lic [hahy-per-doo-lik, -dyoo-] /ˌhaɪ pərˈdu lɪk, -ˈdyu-/, hy·per·du·li·cal, adjective
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Historical Examples of hyperdulia

  • 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 MaryCompare dulia, latria
Derived Formshyperdulic or hyperdulical, adjective

Word Origin for hyperdulia

C16: from Latin hyper- + Medieval Latin dulia service
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