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August 16, 2022

Word of the Day: Litany

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Word of the Day : August 16, 2022

litany \LIT-uh-nee\ noun

What It Means

Litany refers to a usually lengthy recitation or enumeration of something, such as a set of complaints, names, or questions. It can also be used to refer to a sizeable series or set, which may or may not be spoken aloud, as when a drug has "a litany of possible side effects."

// Among the television critic’s litany of complaints about the new series is the anachronistic costume design.

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