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1. Of, appropriate to, or characterized by ceremony; formal or ritual.
2. Involved or used in ceremonies: ceremonial garb.
1. A set of ceremonies prescribed for an occasion; a ritual.
2. A ceremony or rite.

cer′e·mo′ni·al·ism n.
cer′e·mo′ni·al·ist n.
cer′e·mo′ni·al·ly adv.


an addiction to ceremonies or ritualism, especially in social and other nonreligious contexts. — ceremonialist, n.
See also: Behavior
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The rites of the Dum-Dum marked important events in the life of the tribe--a victory, the capture of a prisoner, the killing of some large fierce denizen of the jungle, the death or accession of a king, and were conducted with set ceremonialism.
Among them are an elaborate bead-embroidered Otoe-Missouria Faw Faw coat with symbols, associated with ceremonialism and the desire to restore balance in a world that had become untenable, and a richly painted Arapaho Ghost Dance dress with visionary symbols associated with ritual practices.
The cumulative nature of the archaeological record means that archaeologists must infer the complex suites of activities that comprised Hopewell ceremonialism from their end results: in other words, from completed mounds and earthworks, sealed graves and finished artefacts.
Realizing that he was taking his flock far out of their depth, he ended somewhat hurriedly, and was soon receiving that generous applause which is a part of the profound ceremonialism of the working classes.
Ceremonialism implies conformity, characterized in this investigation as the first stage for organizational heterogeneity.
The Gliere concerto, written in 1951, is a curious mix of late romantic stylings, some military ceremonialism and early 20th century neo-classicism.
Witthoft, John, 1949, Green Corn Ceremonialism in the Eastern Woodlands, Occasional Contributions from the Museum of Anthropology of the University of Michigan No.
Daniel Shaw, Kandila: Samo Ceremonialism and Interpersonal Relationships (Ann Arbor: Univ.
But just when the Puritan triumph seemed complete, there emerged in the last decade of Elizabeth's reign an 'avant-garde' of clergy, led by Richard Hooker and Lancelot Andrewes, 'committed not just to greater ceremonialism in worship but who increasingly questioned what passed for [Calvinist] doctrinal orthodoxy' (p.
The Late Archaic and Early Woodland peoples lived in the region of Ohio between 5000 and 2000 years ago, a period of transition in which hunter-gatherers began to grow native seed crops, establish more permanent settlements, and develop complex forms of ritual and ceremonialism, sometimes involving burial mound construction.
A Bear Hunt"--which in its original publication in 1934 in the Saturday Evening Post would be read as a comic short story--becomes instead in the context of Big Woods something of a farce, a desecration of the very ritualism and ceremonialism celebrated in "The Old People.