Definitions for ritualˈrɪtʃ u əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rit•u•alˈrɪtʃ u əl(n.)

  1. an established procedure for a religious or other rite. a system of such rites.

    Category: Religion

  2. observance of set forms in public worship.

    Category: Religion

  3. a book of rites or ceremonies.

    Category: Religion

  4. prescribed, established, or ceremonial acts or features collectively.

    Category: Religion

  5. any practice or pattern of behavior regularly performed in a set manner.

  6. Psychiatry. a specific act, as hand-washing, performed repetitively to a pathological degree.

    Category: Psychiatry

  7. (adj.)being or practiced as a rite or ritual:

    a ritual dance.

  8. of or pertaining to rites or ritual:

    ritual laws.

Origin of ritual:

1560–70; < L rītuālis=rītu-, s. of rītusrite+-ālis -al1

rit′u•al•ly(adv.)

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ritual(noun)ˈrɪtʃ u əl

    a ceremony or traditional practice with a fixed set of actions

    the rituals of a Catholic church service

  2. ritualˈrɪtʃ u əl

    sth you do regularly and always in the same way

    Our Friday phone calls became a ritual.

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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


Translations for ritual

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ritual(adjective)

forming (part of) a ritual or ceremony

a ritual dance/sacrifice.

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