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litany +‎ -ic

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litanic (comparative more litanic, superlative most litanic)

  1. Of, relating to, or in the style of litany.
    • 1798, John Shepherd, A Critical and Practical Elucidation of the Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church of England, London: F. and C. Rivington and R. Faulder, 2nd edition, p. 321,[1]
      This prayer [] is drawn up in the metaphorical, but expressive, language of Scripture; has been long employed in the conclusion of Litanic, and other forms of prayer, by the churches of the west; and retains strong marks of primitive devotion.
    • 1862, Charles Piazzi Smyth, chapter 17, in Three Cities in Russia[2], volume 1, London: Lovell Reeve, page 284:
      A low litanic lament was indulged in from time to time, by the musical voices of the choirs []
    • 1961, John Steinbeck, chapter 1, in The Winter of Our Discontent[3], Penguin, published 1996, page 11:
      “Unimum et unimorum,” he intoned in a nasal litanic tone.
    • 1989, John Irving, chapter 4, in A Prayer for Owen Meany[4], New York: William Morrow, page 173:
      “Last one to bed turn out the lights,” Lydia would say, in her litanic fashion.
    • 2007, Lewis Crofts, chapter 15, in The Pornographer of Vienna[5], London: Old Street, page 273:
      He leant down and wiped his friend’s face with a rag; a low litanic mumble came from Klimt’s dry lips []

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