from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An inferior kind of worship paid to saints and angels in the Roman Catholic Church. Also duly, doulia.

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

  • noun (R. C. Ch.) An inferior kind of veneration or worship, given to the angels and saints as the servants of God.

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

  • noun The veneration of saints, distinguished from latria, the worship of God


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From Latin dulia, from Ancient Greek δουλεία (douleia, "slavery"), from δοῦλος (doulos, "slave").


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  • "I won't say that what appears here are the words of a drunk. No, it's a dead man breathing life into his dulia, fragility that entangles the body and keeps it from any attempt to gather up all the inaccessible desire that blows away so jauntily on the breeze."

    Talismano by Abdelwahab Meddeb, translated by Jane Kuntz, p 41 of the Dalkey Archive Press paperback

    September 18, 2011