rit·​u·​al·​ism | \ ˈri-chə-wə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce ritualism (audio) , -chə-ˌli-; ˈrich-wə- \

Definition of ritualism

1 : the use of ritual
2 : excessive devotion to ritual

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from ritualism

ritualist \ ˈri-​chə-​wə-​list How to pronounce ritualist (audio) , -​chə-​list ; ˈrich-​wə-​ \ noun

Examples of ritualism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All the ritualism and symbolism and I'm just really drawn by all of that stuff. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Years & Years Debut Club-Ready New Single 'All for You'," 27 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ritualism.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of ritualism

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ritualism

Time Traveler for ritualism

Time Traveler

The first known use of ritualism was in 1843

See more words from the same year

Statistics for ritualism

Cite this Entry

“Ritualism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ritualism. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

Comments on ritualism

What made you want to look up ritualism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!