What does ritual mean?

Definitions for ritual
ˈrɪtʃ u əlrit·u·al

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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

Wiktionary

  1. ritual(Noun)

    rite; a repeated set of actions

    They carried out the ritual carefully.

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

  2. ritual(Adjective)

    Related to a rite or repeated set of actions.

    They performed the ritual lighting of the candles.

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Ritual(noun)

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

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

  3. Ritual(noun)

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

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

  4. Ritual(noun)

    a book containing the rites to be observed

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

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ritual

    rit′ū-al, adj. consisting of or prescribing rites.—n. manner of performing divine service, or a book containing it: the body of rites employed in the church: the code of ceremonies observed by an organisation, as the ritual of the Freemasons.—ns. Rit′ūalism, systems of rituals or prescribed forms of religion: the observance of them: the name popularly given to the great increase of ceremonial and symbolism by means of special vestments, &c., in the Church of England since about 1860-65: Rit′ūalist, one skilled in or devoted to a ritual: one of the party devoted to ritualism in the Church of England.—adj. Ritūalist′ic, pertaining to the ritual.—adv. Rit′ūally. [L. ritualis; cf. Rite.]

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ritual in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ritual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ritual in a Sentence

  1. Lewis Lapham:

    Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence. The mounting of this illusion defines the purpose and accounts for the immense wealth of American sports. It is the ceremony of innocence that the fans pay to see -- not the game or the match or the bout, but the ritual portrayal of a world in which time stops and all hope remains plausible, in which everybody present can recover the blameless expectations of a child, where the forces of light always triumph over the powers of darkness.

  2. Angela Hernandez:

    Every day, this became my ritual, i'd walk up and down the beach looking for new high grounds, screaming' help' at the top of my lungs, and collecting water falling from the top of the cliffs. Every night, I'd find the highest point I could climb up to and find somewhere to fall asleep before the tide would rise. Every morning, I'd wake up soaked in sea mist and watch the sun rise.

  3. Charles Krauthammer:

    This is a woman, this is a candidate who is going to be the nominee. We all know it, for all of the Bernie momentum stuff. That’s a sideshow. But you have to go through 15, 16 months of a ritual of actually campaigning, there is no campaign. There is not going to be a debate. There isn’t a challenge. So she is stuck for these 15 or so months pretending to be a candidate and what you get are pretend events.

  4. Hansa Bhargava:

    It's definitely genetic, prevention is really the cure in these situations. You want to make sure the child is not overtired, stressed out, over-scheduled. And have a nice calming ritual at bedtime so the child can actually calm himself down before going to sleep.

  5. Shambhu Thapa:

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

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