ritual


ritual

noun

  1. an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite.
  2. a system or collection of religious or other rites.
  3. observance of set forms in public worship.
  4. a book of rites or ceremonies.
  5. a book containing the offices to be used by priests in administering the sacraments and for visitation of the sick, burial of the dead, etc.
  6. a prescribed or established rite, ceremony, proceeding, or service: the ritual of the dead.
  7. prescribed, established, or ceremonial acts or features collectively, as in religious services.
  8. any practice or pattern of behavior regularly performed in a set manner.
  9. a prescribed code of behavior regulating social conduct, as that exemplified by the raising of one’s hat or the shaking of hands in greeting.
  10. Psychiatry. a specific act, as hand-washing, performed repetitively to a pathological degree, occurring as a common symptom of obsessive-compulsive neurosis.

adjective

  1. of the nature of or practiced as a rite or ritual: a ritual dance.
  2. of or relating to rites or ritual: ritual laws.

noun

  1. the prescribed or established form of a religious or other ceremony
  2. such prescribed forms in general or collectively
  3. stereotyped activity or behaviour
  4. psychol any repetitive behaviour, such as hand-washing, performed by a person with a compulsive personality disorder
  5. any formal act, institution, or procedure that is followed consistentlythe ritual of the law

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of religious, social, or other rituals
adj.

1560s, from Middle French ritual or directly from Latin ritualis “relating to (religious) rites,” from ritus “rite” (see rite). Related: Ritually.

nj.

1640s, from ritual (adj.).

n.

  1. A detailed act or series of acts carried out by an individual to relieve anxiety or to forestall the development of anxiety.

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