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- n. A level of veneration higher than dulia but less than latria, properly given to the Virgin Mary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Veneration or worship given to the Virgin Mary as the most exalted of mere creatures; higher veneration than dulia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The worship offered by Roman Catholics to the Virgin Mary: so called because it is higher than that given to other saints, which is known as dulia, while the worship due to God alone is called latria. See dulia. Also hyper-duly.
From Medieval Latin hyperdūlīa, from hyper-, from Ancient Greek ὑπέρ (huper, "above") + dulia, from Ancient Greek δουλεία (douleia, "slavery"), from δοῦλος (doulos, "slave"). (Wiktionary)