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ceremonious

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of ceremonious

  1. 1 marked by or showing careful attention to set forms and details a century ago everyday life was much more ceremonious than in our anything-goes era Synonyms of ceremonious correct, decorous, formal, nice, proper, punctilious, starchy, stiff, stiff-necked, stilted Words Related to ceremonious sober, solemn, stately; chivalrous, courtly, gallant; genteel, polished, refined; civil, courteous, polite, red-carpet Near Antonyms of ceremonious improper, indecorous, unmannerly; discourteous, impolite, rude Antonyms of ceremonious casual, easygoing, informal, laid-back, unceremonious

  2. 2 following or agreeing with established form, custom, or rules the ceremonious regalia of the Swiss Guards, the pope's traditional body guards Synonyms of ceremonious ceremonial, formal, conventional, orthodox, regular, routineWords Related to ceremonious authorized, certified, official, sanctioned; accepted, correct, decorous, genteel, nice, polite, proper, respectable, seemly; formalistic, ritual, ritualistic; methodical (also methodic), orderly, systematicNear Antonyms of ceremonious unauthorized, unofficial; graceless, improper, inappropriate, incorrect, indecorous, inept, infelicitous, unapt, unbecoming, unfit, unhappy, unseemly, unsuitableAntonyms of ceremonious casual, freewheeling, informal, irregular, unceremonious, unconventional, unorthodox

Synonym Discussion of ceremonious

ceremonial, ceremonious, formal, conventional mean marked by attention to or adhering strictly to prescribed forms. ceremonial and ceremonious both imply strict attention to what is prescribed by custom or by ritual, but ceremonial applies to things that are associated with ceremonies
    • a ceremonial offering
, ceremonious to persons given to ceremony or to acts attended by ceremony.
    • made his ceremonious entrance
formal applies both to things prescribed by and to persons obedient to custom and may suggest stiff, restrained, or old-fashioned behavior.
    • a formal report
    • the headmaster's formal manner
conventional implies accord with general custom and usage
    • conventional courtesy
and may suggest a stodgy lack of originality or independence.
    • conventional fiction


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