li·​tur·​gi·​cal lə-ˈtər-ji-kəl How to pronounce liturgical (audio)
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of liturgy
the liturgical calendar
liturgical music
: using or favoring the use of liturgy
liturgical churches
liturgically adverb

Examples of liturgical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So a particular command from the Bible to pray without drawing attention to oneself may seem strange in light of practices on Ash Wednesday, the start of the liturgical season of Lent. Nicole Pelletiere, Fox News, 17 Feb. 2024 The original Saint Valentine, a third-century Roman martyr, was honored in the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar until 1969, Ochoa said, when the church gave the Feb. 14 feast day instead to Sts. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 After that, Catholics, Episcopalians and others will be clear of the strange overlap until the year 2170, some liturgical experts said. Ruth Graham, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 The history of Valentine’s Day and St. Valentine is a bit murky, but the holiday began as a liturgical feast day for a third-century Christian martyr, according to Lisa Bitel, a history and religion professor at the University of Southern California. Holly Meyer, Twin Cities, 13 Feb. 2024 In the face of an Arab siege, Ben-Gurion thought to bind these new immigrants to their strange home with biblical archaeology and liturgical poetics. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 Worshipers of all ages in gauzy layers, representing the light of Jesus, began filing into the hall at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, stashing shoes in plastic bags and settling in for eight hours of chanting and declarations in the liturgical language of Ge’ez. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2024 Idiosyncratic takes on Catholic rituals and gorgeously eclectic reinventions of liturgical music, fueled by a deeply personal gnostic vision, are Christian’s bread and butter. Adam Green, Vogue, 22 Jan. 2024 From the liturgical system’s role in the rise of Athens to the part played by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others in trying to fund a more equitable global distribution of vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic, the strategies pursued by philanthropists have shaped wider events. Mark Malloch-Brown, Foreign Affairs, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of liturgical was in 1641

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“Liturgical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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