rit·​u·​al·​ize | \ ˈri-chə-wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce ritualize (audio) , -chə-ˌlīz; ˈrich-wə-\
ritualized; ritualizing

Definition of ritualize

transitive verb

1 : to make a ritual of
2 : to impose a ritual on

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ritualization \ ˌri-​chə-​wə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce ritualization (audio) , -​chə-​lə-​ ; ˌrich-​wə-​ \ noun

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The forging of a katana was an intricate and ritualized affair. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 And so redemption, in the land of second chances—for the people who have been deemed worthy of them—has been thoroughly ritualized. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Sympathy for the Charlie," 26 Apr. 2018 Clark, on the other hand, has dark opinions about coffee and instead ritualizes the slow steep of first-flush Dragon Well green tea or silver-needle white tea, a daily moment of Zen not always easily found among the crystals and crayons. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "A chef and a designer feather their North Beach nest," 9 Apr. 2018 In a country where apologies are highly ritualized, even his bow — briefer and shallower than those of most executives seeking the public’s forgiveness — became a target of criticism. Jonathan Soble, New York Times, "Subaru Admits Inspection Failings, in Another Blow to Japan’s Carmakers," 27 Oct. 2017 Archaeological evidence suggests that around 4,000 BCE, the people of Malta and Gozo began building with the purpose of ritualizing life and death. Stacey Mckenna, Smithsonian, "Malta’s Hypogeum, One of the World’s Best Preserved Prehistoric Sites, Reopens to the Public," 23 May 2017 Traditionally, international diplomacy relies on a fixed set of rules and rhetoric, which are highly ritualized and exact for a reason: to ensure there are no misunderstandings between countries. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Chinese State Media Mocks Trump’s “Emotional Venting” on Twitter," 1 Aug. 2017 The stage is ritualized space, decorated with a few poles. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Getting down to the basics in Peter Brook's 'Battlefield'," 25 May 2017 Japanese nuptials tend to be highly ritualized, especially for a royal family member, and the buildup to the wedding is likely to take time. Washington Post, "Japan’s Princess Mako to marry ocean-loving legal assistant," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of ritualize

1840, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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