Definitions for: Rite


[n] any customary observance or practice
[n] an established ceremony prescribed by a religion; "the rite of baptism"



Webster (1913) Definition: Rite, n. [L. ritus; cf. Skr. r[=i]ti a stream, a running,
way, manner, ri to flow: cf. F. rit, rite. CF. Rivulet.]
The act of performing divine or solemn service, as
established by law, precept, or custom; a formal act of
religion or other solemn duty; a solemn observance; a
ceremony; as, the rites of freemasonry.

He looked with indifference on rites, names, and forms
of ecclesiastical polity. --Macaulay.

Syn: Form; ceremony; observance; ordinance.

Synonyms: religious rite, ritual

See Also: betrothal, ceremonial dance, circumcision, custom, espousal, last rites, liturgy, marriage, marriage ceremony, office, orgy, religious ceremony, religious ritual, ritual dance, ritual dancing, usage, usance, vigil, watch, wedding

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