noun, plural lit·a·nies.
Origin of litany
Examples from the Web for litany
But does anyone think this litany of tasks is an appropriate use of physician time?
Well, despite the litany of issues at hand, this is an absolute win-win for Jackson.The Knicks Aren't a Sports Team. They're a Reality Show, and Phil Jackson is Their Latest Star.|Robert Silverman|March 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fink ran through a litany of concerns: China, Japan, “the nonsense in Washington,” the Federal Reserve.Wall Street CEOs Say It’s The Best of Times and The Worst of Times|Daniel Gross|November 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Cheetahs Among McCarthy's litany of totally weird, inspired flourishes, is a pair of domestic cheetahs.The Best Scenes From Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’ Screenplay|Thomas Flynn|October 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Among the litany of things the shutdown will mess up, you can add our nascent housing recovery.
The Mass was concluded and the litany, a "Miserere," sounded pathetically from the voices which trembled with cold.The German Lieutenant and Other Stories|August Strindberg
If she had not done or could not do that, then the vicar, so Jimmy hinted, ought to give up saying the Litany.The Smuggler's Cave|George A. Birmingham
This man is a bit ridiculous, tranquilly pursuing his existence, daily adding a page to his litany of death's delights.Philosophic Nights In Paris|Remy De Gourmont
Satires in the form of a litany were common from 1646 to 1746, and even later.
They prayed for the cause of missions in their Sunday Litany.History of the Moravian Church|J. E. Hutton
noun plural -nies
- a form of prayer consisting of a series of invocations, each followed by an unvarying response
- the Litanythe general supplication in this form included in the Book of Common Prayer
Word Origin for litany
c.1200, from Old French letanie and directly from Medieval Latin letania, Late Latin litania (cf. Spanish letania, Italian litania), from Greek litaneia "litany, an entreating," from lite "prayer, supplication, entreaty," of unknown origin. From notion of monotonous enumeration of petitions in Christian prayer services came generalized sense of "repeated series," early 19c., borrowed from French.
For those who know the Greek words, a litany is a series of prayers, a liturgy is a canon of public service; the latter in practice includes prayer, but does not say so. [Fowler]
In many religions, a ritual repetition of prayers. Usually a clergyman or singer chants a prayer, and the congregation makes a response, such as “Lord, have mercy.”