noun (plural -gies) Etymology: Late Latin liturgia, from Greek leitourgia public service, from Greek (Attic) leïton public building (from Greek laos — Attic leōs — people) + -ourgia -urgy Date: 1560 1. often capitalized a eucharistic rite 2. a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship 3. a customary repertoire of ideas, phrases, or observances

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