Definition: Ritual

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From Latin adjective rītuālis, from noun rītuum (rite), + adjective suffix -ālis.


ritual (comparative more ritual, superlative most ritual)

  1. Related to a rite or repeated set of actions.
    They performed the ritual lighting of the candles.

Derived terms

  • ritually


ritual (countable and uncountable, plural rituals)

  1. A rite; a repeated set of actions.
    The priests carried out the religious ritual carefully.

Derived terms

  • ritualization
  • ritualize
  • ritualist
  • ritualistic
  • ritually


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