Definitions for: Ritual

[n] stereotyped behavior
[n] any customary observance or practice
[n] the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
[adj] of or relating to or employed in social rites or rituals; "a ritual dance of Haiti"; "sedate little colonial tribe with its ritual tea parties"- Nadine Gordimer
[adj] of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals; "ritual killing"

Webster (1913) Definition: Rit"u*al, a.[L. ritualis, fr. ritus a rite: cf. F.
Of or pertaining to rites or ritual; as, ritual service or
sacrifices; the ritual law.

Rit"u*al, n. [Cf. F. rituel.]
1. A prescribed form of performing divine service in a
particular church or communion; as, the Jewish ritual.

2. Hence, the code of ceremonies observed by an organization;
as, the ritual of the freemasons.

3. A book containing the rites to be observed.

Synonyms: rite

See Also: betrothal, celebration, ceremonial dance, Communion, custom, espousal, habit, Holy Communion, manduction, marriage, marriage ceremony, pattern, practice, ritual dance, ritual dancing, sacramental manduction, solemnisation, solemnization, usage, usance, use, wedding, wont

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