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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Roman Catholic theology, a technical term for that supreme worship which is allowed to be offered to God only: distinguished from dulia and hyperdulia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The highest kind of worship, or that paid to God; -- distinguished by the Roman Catholics from dulia, or the inferior worship paid to saints.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Roman Catholicism the highest form of veneration or worship, properly given to God alone

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the worship given to God alone

Etymologies

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Late Latin, from Ancient Greek λατρεία (latreia, "service", "worship"), from λατρευειν (latreuein, "wait on", "serve with prayer")

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