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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (R. C. Ch.) Veneration or worship given to the Virgin Mary as the most exalted of mere creatures; higher veneration than dulia.

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  • noun Roman Catholicism A level of veneration higher than dulia but less than latria, properly given to the Virgin Mary.

Etymologies

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From Medieval Latin hyperdūlīa, from hyper-, from Ancient Greek ὑπέρ (huper, "above") + dulia, from Ancient Greek δουλεία (douleia, "slavery"), from δοῦλος (doulos, "slave").

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