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Meaning of RITUAL

Pronunciation:  'richooul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  stereotyped behavior
  2. [n]  any customary observance or practice
  3. [n]  the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
  4. [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
  5. [adj]  of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals; "ritual killing"
 

RITUAL is a 6 letter word that starts with R.

 

 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

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Rit"u*al\, a.[L. ritualis, fr. ritus a rite: cf. F.
    rituel.]
    Of or pertaining to rites or ritual; as, ritual service or
    sacrifices; the ritual law.
    
    
  2. \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.
    
    
 
Glossary
 
 Definition: behavior that has become highly formalized and stereotyped.
 

 

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