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noun Roman Catholic Theology.
  1. the supreme worship, which may be offered to God only.
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Compare dulia, hyperdulia.

Origin of latria

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin < Greek latreía service, worship, akin to látris hired servant; see -ia
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Historical Examples

  • It will be necessary to establish this by one or two instances; and first as to "latria."

    Primitive Christian Worship

    James Endell Tyler

  • Hyperdulia is reserved for the Virgin alone; and latria is given to God and to each person of the Trinity.

  • But latria belongs to religion, and latria implies a certain servitude.

British Dictionary definitions for latria


  1. RC Church theol the adoration that may be offered to God alone
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Word Origin

C16: via Latin from Greek latreia worship
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