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ritual

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adjective rit·u·al \ˈri-chə-wəl, -chəl; ˈrich-wəl\

Simple Definition of ritual

  • : done as part of a ceremony or ritual

  • : always done in a particular situation and in the same way each time

Full Definition of ritual

  1. 1 :  of or relating to rites or a ritual :  ceremonial <a ritual dance>

  2. 2 :  according to religious law <ritual purity>

  3. 3 :  done in accordance with social custom or normal protocol <ritual handshakes> <ritual background checks>

rit·u·al·ly adverb

Origin of ritual

Latin ritualis, from ritus rite


First Known Use: 1570


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ritual

noun rit·u·al

Simple Definition of ritual

  • : a formal ceremony or series of acts that is always performed in the same way

  • : an act or series of acts done in a particular situation and in the same way each time

Full Definition of ritual

  1. 1 :  the established form for a ceremony; specifically :  the order of words prescribed for a religious ceremony

  2. 2 a :  ritual observance; specifically :  a system of rites b :  a ceremonial act or action c :  an act or series of acts regularly repeated in a set precise manner

Examples of ritual

  1. The priest will perform the ritual.

  2. He was buried simply, without ceremony or ritual.

  3. the daily ritual of preparing breakfast

  4. His day-to-day life is based on ritual.



1649

First Known Use of ritual

1649

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RITUAL Defined for Kids

ritual

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noun rit·u·al \ˈri-chə-wəl\

Definition of ritual

  1. :  a ceremony or series of acts that is always performed the same way




Medical Dictionary

ritual

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noun rit·u·al \ˈrich-(ə-)wəl\

Medical Definition of ritual

  1. :  any act or practice regularly repeated in a set precise manner for relief of anxiety <obsessive-compulsive rituals>





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