Definition of litany noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɪtəni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪtəni//
    (pl. litanies)
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  1. 1 a series of prayers to God for use in church services, spoken by a priest, etc., with set responses by the people
  2. 2litany (of something) (formal) a long boring account of a series of events, reasons, etc. a litany of complaints
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French letanie, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek litaneia ‘prayer’, from litē ‘supplication’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: litany