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WordmeaningLitany (lit-an-y): A noun which originated during the 13th century from the Middle English word “letanie,” Anglo-French and Late Latin’s “litania,” and the Late Greek’s “litaneia” or “litanos” meaning “entreaty” or “supplicant.”

Meanings: a repetitive or resonant prayer, chant, recitation, supplication or invocation often used by church leaders which allows alternate responses from the congregation. This word also means a sizable set or series as well as a lengthy list, enumeration or recitation.

Ex. The contractor was hired to fulfill the client’s litany of complaints following a leak within the house.