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[doo-lahy-uh, dyoo-] /duˈlaɪ ə, dyu-/
noun, Roman Catholic Theology.
veneration and invocation given to saints as the servants of God.
Compare hyperdulia, latria.
Origin of dulia
1605-15; < Medieval Latin dūlīa service, work done < Greek douleía slavery, equivalent to doûl(os) slave + -eia -y3 Unabridged
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  • The lowest degree is the dulia, which is given to saints and angels.

  • Such adjuncts therefore are not foreign to those subordinate acts of worship or honour which are technically known as dulia.

    Our Lady Saint Mary J. G. H. Barry
British Dictionary definitions for dulia


the veneration accorded to saints in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Churches, as contrasted with hyperdulia and latria
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin: service, from Greek douleia slavery, from doulos slave
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