litany litany  /ˈlɪ tə ni/


  1. (n) any long and tedious address or recital
  2. (n) a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation


  1. James is found guilty of a litany of horrific crimes.
  2. The litany of crises would give an army of economists the shakes, but it doesn't seem to faze Ronald.
  3. As the true analysis unfolds, Sarah issued a litany of accusations.


  1. Facebook CEO faces ire over slumping stock at shareholder meeting

    Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook's strategic direction as he fields a litany of angry comments from investors. SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, grilled by shareholders unhappy about the slumping stock price, took pains to defend the company he founded.        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Davenport City Council search for options to sewer backups

    Davenport aldermen asked staff for a list of options to deal with residents' complaints of sewer backups across the city from recent floods after hearing a litany of complaints from residents Monday about unreturned phone calls, a lack of information and a slow response to their problems.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Quad-City Times

  3. Iraqi environmentalists learn from Arundel counterpart

    South Riverkeeper trains Upper Tigris Riverkeeper in water quality testing Thousands of miles away in Northern Iraq, the Upper Tigris River is fouled by a litany of problems: trash dumped in the river, raw sewage flowing into the water, streams diverted by gravel mining, dams that block fish passage.        
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Baltimore Sun

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  1. "To me it was just a litany of complaints that you are all just hapless victims of a system, you blame one thing or another, which most people would say is just simply the cost of doing business," Ms. Feinstein said. "Yet you rack up record...
    on May 21, 2008 By: Dianne Feinstein Source: New York Times

  2. In a five-page, hand-written letter made public yesterday, Michael Douglas wrote: "Dear Judge Berman, I don't want to burden you with a litany of my son, Cameron's rehab history, beginning at 13. He's an adult and responsible for his own life. We do...
    on Apr 20, 2010 By: Eric Douglas Source: American Chronicle

  3. "You've suggested because of logistics, because of the time frame, because you might get 50 applications all at the same time, you have a whole litany of reasons why you didn't have to abide by the law," Miller said.
    on Apr 20, 2007 By: George Miller Source: Washington Post

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