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Meaning of RITUAL

Pronunciation:  'richooul

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  1. \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.
  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.
 Definition: behavior that has become highly formalized and stereotyped.