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Definition of "litany" []

  • A liturgical prayer consisting of a series of petitions recited by a leader alternating with fixed responses by the congregation. (noun)
  • A repetitive or incantatory recital: "the litany of layoffs in recent months by corporate giants” ( Sylvia Nasar). (noun)
  • A form of prayer consisting of a series of invocations, each followed by an unvarying response (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any long or tedious speech or recital (noun)

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Use "litany" in a sentence
  • "The word litany comes from the Latin litania, from the Greek λιτή litê, meaning "prayer" or "supplication"...."
  • "In your testimony today, right here, right now, you continue to deflect personal responsibility, you cite what you call a litany of reasons for Lehman's bankruptcy."
  • "You cite what you call a litany of reasons for Lehmans 'bankruptcy."