litany
noun (plural -nies) Etymology: Middle English letanie, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French, from Late Latin litania, from Late Greek litaneia, from Greek, entreaty, from litanos suppliant Date: 13th century 1. a prayer consisting of a series of invocations and supplications by the leader with alternate responses by the congregation 2. a. a resonant or repetitive chant <
a litany of cheering phrases — Herman Wouk
>
b. a usually lengthy recitation or enumeration <
a familiar litany of complaints
>
c. a sizable series or set <
a litany of problems
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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