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Meaning of RITUALISM

Pronunciation:  'reetyûu`lizum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  exaggerated emphasis on the importance of rites or ritualistic forms in worship
  2. [n]  the study of religious or magical rites and ceremonies

RITUALISM is a 9 letter word that starts with R.


 See Also: cultural anthropology, pattern, practice, social anthropology



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Rit"u*al*ism\, n. [Cf. F. ritualisme.]
1. A system founded upon a ritual or prescribed form of
   religious worship; adherence to, or observance of, a

2. Specifically :
   (a) The principles and practices of those in the Church of
       England, who in the development of the Oxford
       movement, so-called, have insisted upon a return to
       the use in church services of the symbolic ornaments
       (altar cloths, encharistic vestments, candles, etc.)
       that were sanctioned in the second year of Edward VI.,
       and never, as they maintain, forbidden by competennt
       authority, although generally disused. Schaff-Herzog
   (b) Also, the principles and practices of those in the
       Protestant Episcopal Church who sympathize with this
       party in the Church of England.