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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>

ritually

adverb

Origin and Etymology 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms


RITUAL Defined for Kids

ritual

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noun rit·u·al \ˈri-chə-wəl\

Definition of ritual for Students

  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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