litanic

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

litany +‎ -ic

AdjectiveEdit

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, Three Cities in Russia, London: Lovell Reeve, Volume 1, Chapter 17, p. 284,[2]
      A low litanic lament was indulged in from time to time, by the musical voices of the choirs []
    • 1961, John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent, Penguin, 1996, Chapter 1, p. 11,[3]
      “Unimum et unimorum,” he intoned in a nasal litanic tone.
    • 1989, John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany, New York: William Morrow, Chapter 4, p. 173,[4]
      “Last one to bed turn out the lights,” Lydia would say, in her litanic fashion.
    • 2007, Lewis Crofts, The Pornographer of Vienna, London: Old Street, Chapter 15, p. 273,[5]
      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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