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liturgy

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noun lit·ur·gy \ˈli-tər-jē\

Simple Definition of liturgy

  • : a fixed set of ceremonies, words, etc., that are used during public worship in a religion

Full Definition of liturgy

plural lit·ur·gies

  1. 1 often capitalized :  a eucharistic rite

  2. 2 :  a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship

  3. 3 :  a customary repertoire of ideas, phrases, or observances

Examples of liturgy

  1. studying the liturgies of different religions

  2. He was studying Christian liturgy.



Origin of liturgy

Late Latin liturgia, from Greek leitourgia public service, from Greek (Attic) leïton public building (from Greek laos — Attic leōs — people) + -ourgia -urgy


First Known Use: 1560

Other Christian Religious Terms


LITURGY Defined for Kids

liturgy

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noun lit·ur·gy \ˈli-tər-jē\

Definition of liturgy

plural lit·ur·gies

  1. :  a religious rite or body of rites

li·tur·gi·cal \lə-ˈtər-ji-kəl\ adjective




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