Acathistus

noun Ac·a·this·tus \ˌakəˈthistəs\
variants: or

Acathistos

\äˈkäthēˌstȯs\ less commonly

Akathist

\ˈakəˌthist\ or

Akathistos

\äˈkäthēˌstȯs\

Definition of Acathistus

plural

Acathisti

\ˌakəˈthiˌstī, -(ˌ)stē\ or

Acathistoi

\äˈkäthēˌstē\ also

Akathists

\ˈakəˌthis(t)s\ or

Akathistoi

\äˈkäthēˌstē\
  1. :  any of several Lenten hymns of the Eastern Orthodox Church sung with the people standing in honor of Christ, the Virgin Mary, or one of the saints

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Origin and Etymology of acathistus

Middle Greek akathistos (hymnos), literally, standing hymn, from akathistos standing, from a- 2a- + -kathistos (from Greek kathizein to seat, set, sit, from kata down + -izein -ize) — more at cata-


First Known Use: circa 1721


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