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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: letanie, from Late Latin litania, from Greek litanos 'asking urgently, praying'

litany

noun
     
Related topics: Christianity
lit‧a‧ny plural litanies [countable]
1 a long list of problems, excuses etc - used to show disapproval
litany of
an endless litany of complaints
2RRC a long prayer in the Christian church in which the priest says a sentence and the people reply

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