li·​tur·​gi·​cal | \ lə-ˈtər-ji-kəl How to pronounce liturgical (audio) , li- \

Definition of liturgical

1 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of liturgy the liturgical calendar liturgical music
2 : using or favoring the use of liturgy liturgical churches

Other Words from liturgical

liturgically \ lə-​ˈtər-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce liturgical (audio) , li-​ \ adverb

Examples of liturgical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Habory greeted the worshippers and blessing their Easter baskets with holy water flicked from a liturgical brush used for blessings. Justin Spike, ajc, 24 Apr. 2022 The liturgical structures — i.e., the ruins — were immaculately sung by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (under the direction of James Burton) and soprano Amanda Majeski, who made a dazzling debut with the orchestra. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 Each year, the Lenten season is determined by the liturgical observance of Easter Sunday, which is a moving Christian holiday. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 12 Jan. 2022 In October, the Polish defense ministry announced plans to purchase three hundred altars, which reportedly included chalices, crosses, candlesticks, and camouflage liturgical vestments. Ian Buruma, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 Critics have accused the pope of punitively targeting small groups of devout, traditional Catholics while allowing progressive liturgical irregularities to run rampant. Grayson Quay, The Week, 19 Dec. 2021 The Eve of Epiphany marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas season on the liturgical calendar. al, 6 Jan. 2022 In the Catholic liturgical calendar, Jan. 1 is the feast of The Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God – special intentions and prayers are frequently offered for women. Fox News, 2 Jan. 2022 That's because Christmas Day, according to the liturgical calendar, is the beginning of the Christmas season, not the end. Stephanie H. Murray, The Week, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of liturgical

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Liturgical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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