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

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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 If the fragile glass jewel boxes of high Modernism and concrete bunkers of Brutalism embrace radical transparency, then Casa Padilla is rooted in an older, liturgical logic of mystery and awe. New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 18 Feb. 2021 Catholic women around the world have served as lectors and acolytes, kinds of liturgical assistants, for decades. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Francis Says Women Can Read at Mass as Debate on Women Clergy Continues," 11 Jan. 2021 In the Christian liturgical calendar, the weeks leading up to Christmas, when Advent is observed, are meant to be a season of anticipation. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "An Advent Lament in the Pandemic," 20 Dec. 2020 For Catholics, the liturgical calendar brings form, meaning and order to the unfolding of days and weeks. James Matthew Wilson, WSJ, "Finding the Sacred in the Delights of Christmas," 24 Dec. 2020 Even in Advent, a season found in the liturgical Christian Calendar, there’s this sense of anticipation. Essence, "Finding Joy, Peace And Healing During A Pandemic Christmas," 22 Dec. 2020 Hentz is a member of Scecina’s liturgy club and sets up and tears down all school liturgical services. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "IFCA names a 'Good Works' team to honor players, teams for commitment to serving others," 18 Dec. 2020 But this year it will be bumped up two hours earlier, according to the pope's Christmas liturgical schedule released Thursday by the Vatican. NBC News, "Dec. 10 Coronavirus updates: Weekly initial jobless claims surge to 853,000," 11 Dec. 2020 The group draws as much from Catholic liturgical music and Gregorian chant as from anything contemporary. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "The Disappearance and Cryptic Return of Salem," 2 Nov. 2020

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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 2 Mar. 2021.

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