initiation rite

Definition of initiation rite

  1. :  an act that someone must do in order to officially join a group or organization Police suspect that the crime was a gang initiation rite.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the act or an instance of initiating

    :  the process of being initiated

    :  the rites, ceremonies, ordeals, or instructions with which one is made a member of a sect or society or is invested with a particular function or status

  1. :  a prescribed form or manner governing the words or actions for a ceremony

    :  the ceremonial practices of a church or group of churches

    :  a ceremonial act or action

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