: of or relating to rites or a ritual : ceremonial <a ritual dance>
: according to religious law <ritual purity>
: done in accordance with social custom or normal protocol <ritual handshakes> <ritual background checks>
— rit·u·al·ly adverb
Origin of RITUAL
First Known Use: 1570
: 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
: the established form for a ceremony; specifically : the order of words prescribed for a religious ceremony
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
- The priest will perform the ritual.
- He was buried simply, without ceremony or ritual.
- the daily ritual of preparing breakfast
- His day-to-day life is based on ritual.
First Known Use of RITUAL
Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms
rit·u·al noun \ˈrich-(ə-)wəl\ (Medical Dictionary)
: any act or practice regularly repeated in a set precise manner for relief of anxiety <obsessive-compulsive rituals>
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