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Definition of Rituals

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ceremony, formal procedure; rite, established practice used in religious or other ceremonies; any behavior repeated or performed according to defined guidelines
Rituals Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Noun
1. any customary observance or practice
(synonym) rite
(hypernym) custom, usage, usance
(hyponym) betrothal, espousal
(part-meronym) ritual dancing, ritual dance, ceremonial dance
(derivation) ritualize, ritualise
2. the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
(hypernym) practice, pattern
(hyponym) ablution
(derivation) ritualize, ritualise
3. stereotyped behavior
(hypernym) habit, use, wont

Adjective
1. of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals; "ritual killing"
(pertainym) rite, religious rite
2. 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
(pertainym) rite
Rituals Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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A ritual "is asequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence." Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community. Rituals are characterized by formalism, traditionalism, invariance, rule-governance, sacral symbolism and performance.

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