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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In the Hulu Handmaid’s adaptation by Bruce Miller, now in its third season, Lydia is a formidable creature played by the astonishing Ann Dowd, a character who fluctuates disorientingly between zealotry, empathy, and ritualized sadism. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Challenge of Margaret Atwood," 5 Sep. 2019 Eleven feet wide, it was discovered inside a gold casket inside a bronze casket inside a stone pagoda — a layered, ritualized interment nearly as lavish as anything in ancient Egypt. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Review: LACMA’s ‘Art of Korean Writing’ reveals the brilliance in each brushstroke," 29 June 2019 Another was into the fierce youth subcultures on the streets which became ritualized in the violent youth-gang culture, reinforcing the neighborhood climate of fear. Don Pinnock, Quartz Africa, "Cape Town’s bloody gang violence is deeply rooted in its racist history," 16 Aug. 2019 Tammé struggles through back pains, and her daily life ritualizes into a bruising montage: wine, pills, wrestling, repeat, repeat. Darren Franich, EW.com, "GLOW's Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin are one of the best TV duos of the decade — here's why," 19 July 2019 Her ritualized breathing and cries of anguish are almost synchronized with the score, an interplay that’s genuinely unsettling leading up to a dramatic finish. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Midsommar Makes Haunting Horror Out Of Sunlight & Flower Crowns," 28 June 2019 Though abuses do occur, conduct on these platforms is ritualized for safety and mutual understanding. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 Safaris are ritualized meanderings, circular quests in which a question leads to an answer, which leads to another question, and so on. Ken Geiger, National Geographic, "Why walking safaris are the best way to see wildlife," 17 June 2019 The forging of a katana was an intricate and ritualized affair. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of ritualize

1840, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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