Definitions for ritualˈrɪtʃ u əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ritual, rite(noun)

    any customary observance or practice

  2. ritual(noun)

    the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies

  3. ritual(adj)

    stereotyped behavior

  4. ritual(adj)

    of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals

    "ritual killing"

  5. ritual(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


  1. ritual(Noun)

    rite; a repeated set of actions

    They carried out the ritual carefully.

  2. ritual(Adjective)

    Related to a rite or repeated set of actions.

    They performed the ritual lighting of the candles.

  3. Origin: From adjective ritualis, from noun rituum, rite, + adjective suffix -alis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ritual(adj)

    of or pertaining to rites or ritual; as, ritual service or sacrifices; the ritual law

  2. Ritual(noun)

    a prescribed form of performing divine service in a particular church or communion; as, the Jewish ritual

  3. Ritual(noun)

    hence, the code of ceremonies observed by an organization; as, the ritual of the freemasons

  4. Ritual(noun)

    a book containing the rites to be observed

  5. Origin: [L. ritualis, fr. ritus a rite: cf. F. rituel.]


  1. Ritual

    A ritual "is a stereotyped sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and designed to influence preternatural entities or forces on behalf of the actors' goals and interests." Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community. Rituals are characterized by formalism, traditionalism, invariance, rule-governance, sacral symbolism and performance. Rituals of various kinds are a feature of almost all known human societies, past or present. They include not only the various worship rites and sacraments of organized religions and cults, but also the rites of passage of certain societies, atonement and purification rites, oaths of allegiance, dedication ceremonies, coronations and presidential inaugurations, marriages and funerals, school "rush" traditions and graduations, club meetings, sports events, Halloween parties, veterans parades, Christmas shopping and more. Many activities that are ostensibly performed for concrete purposes, such as jury trials, execution of criminals, and scientific symposia, are loaded with purely symbolic actions prescribed by regulations or tradition, and thus partly ritualistic in nature. Even common actions like hand-shaking and saying hello may be termed rituals.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ritual' in Nouns Frequency: #2374

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Shambhu Thapa:

    If the existing laws are implemented there would be no ritual sacrifices.

  2. Christina Baldwin:

    Ritual is the way you carry the presence of the sacred. Ritual is the spark that must not go out.

  3. Yogendra Dulal:

    It is a ritual connected with people’s faith, we can’t hurt their sentiments and ban the practice.

  4. Johnny Perkins:

    They were part of afternoon tea, which had become a fashionable ritual, and that took root at Wimbledon.

  5. Jeff Rose:

    Most of the multi-millionaires I know have a dedicated routine, a ritual, that they do each and every morning.

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