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[li-tur-ji-kuh l]
  1. of or relating to formal public worship or liturgies.
  2. of or relating to the liturgy or Eucharistic service.
  3. of or relating to liturgics.
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Also li·tur·gic.

Origin of liturgical

1635–45; < Medieval Latin lītūrgic(us) < Late Greek leitourgikós ministering (leitourg(ós) minister + -ikos -ic; see liturgy) + -al1
Related formsli·tur·gi·cal·ly, adverban·ti·li·tur·gic, adjectivean·ti·li·tur·gi·cal, adjectivean·ti·li·tur·gi·cal·ly, adverbnon·li·tur·gic, adjectivenon·li·tur·gi·cal, adjectivenon·li·tur·gi·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for non-liturgical

Historical Examples

  • The ministers of non-liturgical churches were not so easily controlled.

    The Sequel of Appomattox

    Walter Lynwood Fleming

  • Germans and Swedes usually favor liturgical denominations; the Scotch incline to the non-liturgical.

  • They are non-liturgical days (with one possible exception, the Feast of Annunciation).

British Dictionary definitions for non-liturgical


liturgic (lɪˈtɜːdʒɪk)

  1. of or relating to public worship
  2. of or relating to the liturgy
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Derived Formsliturgically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-liturgical



1640s, from Late Latin liturgicus, from New Testament Greek leitourgikos "ministering," from leitourgos (see liturgy).

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