rit·​u·​al·​ism ˈri-chə-wə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce ritualism (audio)
: the use of ritual
: excessive devotion to ritual
ˈri-chə-wə-list How to pronounce ritualism (audio)

Examples of ritualism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the players also hinted at something less tangible, some swirl of selfhood and ritualism and sense memory, that week after week lured them back to the ice. Andrew Keh Bryan Meltz, New York Times, 24 July 2023 The anti-ritualism of the modern mind suspects that there always is a dichotomy between the outward appearance and the inward reality. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 9 Mar. 2022 All the ritualism and symbolism and I'm just really drawn by all of that stuff. Henry Youtt, Billboard, 27 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ritualism was in 1843

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“Ritualism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ritualism. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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rit·​u·​al·​ism ˈrich-(ə-)wəl-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce ritualism (audio)
: the use of ritual
ritualistic adjective
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