V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. repeated series; 2. a long list of unpleasant things, particularly things that are repeated

Synonyms: recital, list, repetition


Tips: The word litany has its origin in the Catholic church. Litany is the name of a prayer consisting of a series of invocations, which are statements by the priest with responses from the congregation. Over time the, word litany has come to refer to a list, usually of unpleasant things, but not always. For example: "A litany of complaints."

Usage Examples:

During the job interview he enumerated a litany of accomplishments that he achieved at his prior job. (series, list)

We have received a litany of complaints about our customer service. (series, list)

The health inspector enumerated to the restaurant owner a litany of health code violations. (list, series)

The company is reported to have received a litany of complaints from unsatisfied customers. (list, series)

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