initiation rite

noun

plural initiation rites
: an act or ritual that a person must perform in order to be officially recognized as having joined a group or organization or as having achieved a new status (such as adulthood)
It's an initiation rite performed whenever a ship crosses the equator; sailors who have not yet crossed that line … undergo a hazing ritual conducted by those who have …. Jamie Malanowski
The plumes of some of the birds are of great value to New Guineans. The most prominent plumes are worn in traditional headdresses during "sing-sings"—festivals related to feast days, initiations rites or marriage ceremonies. Bruce Beehler
In a booze-sodden initiation rite, his Phi Kappa Psi brothers allegedly forced him to down more than half a bottle of rum … Colleen O'Connor et al.
compare rite of passage

Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of initiation rite was in 1807

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Cite this Entry

“Initiation rite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/initiation%20rite. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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