Acathistos\äˈkäthēˌstȯs\ less commonly
Definition of Acathistus
Acathisti\ˌakəˈthiˌstī, -(ˌ)stē\ or
: 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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