- an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite.
- a system or collection of religious or other rites.
- observance of set forms in public worship.
- a book of rites or ceremonies.
- 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.
- a prescribed or established rite, ceremony, proceeding, or service: the ritual of the dead.
- prescribed, established, or ceremonial acts or features collectively, as in religious services.
- any practice or pattern of behavior regularly performed in a set manner.
- 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.
- Psychiatry. a specific act, as hand-washing, performed repetitively to a pathological degree, occurring as a common symptom of obsessive-compulsive neurosis.
- of the nature of or practiced as a rite or ritual: a ritual dance.
- of or relating to rites or ritual: ritual laws.
- the prescribed or established form of a religious or other ceremony
- such prescribed forms in general or collectively
- stereotyped activity or behaviour
- psychol any repetitive behaviour, such as hand-washing, performed by a person with a compulsive personality disorder
- any formal act, institution, or procedure that is followed consistentlythe ritual of the law
- of, relating to, or characteristic of religious, social, or other rituals
1560s, from Middle French ritual or directly from Latin ritualis “relating to (religious) rites,” from ritus “rite” (see rite). Related: Ritually.
1640s, from ritual (adj.).
- A detailed act or series of acts carried out by an individual to relieve anxiety or to forestall the development of anxiety.