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- n. the highest form of veneration or worship, properly given to God alone
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
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- n. the worship given to God alone
Reply Obj. 2: The term latria may be taken in two senses.
The word latria is never applied in any other sense than that of the incommunicable adoration which is due to God alone.
Reply Obj. 1: The angel forbade John to pay him, not any kind of honor, but the honor of adoration and latria, which is due to God.
Hence, since the human nature is the real and true nature of Christ, that human nature and all its parts are the object of the cult called latria, i. e., adoration.
Again, it should be noted that the cult of images and relics is not that of latria, which is the adoration due to God alone, but is, as the
Another is the confession of thanksgiving or praise, and this is an act of "latria," for its purpose is to give outward honor to God, which is the end of "latria."
Dei, X, ii, 1) distinguishes two kinds of servitus: "one which is due to men ... which in Greek is called dulia; the other, latria, which is the service pertaining to the worship of God".
However, if you will not commit downright idolatry, as some of their saints teach you, then you must be careful to observe these plain distinctions; and first be sure to remember that when you worship an image, you do it not materially but formally; not as it is of such a substance, but as it is a sign; next take care that you observe what sort of image it is, and then proportion your right kind to it, that you do not give 'latria' to that where 'hyperdulia' is only due; and be careful that if 'dulia' only be due, that your worship be not
"latria" is used to imply the true worship of God in a person, who was changed from a state of alienation to a state of holiness.
The word is a combination of the Greek words “biblion” (book) and “latria” (worship), and though it may also refer to an extreme devotion to books in general, it is more often used as a derogatory reference to making the Bible an idol rather than a “pointer”.