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rite

 (rīt)
n.
1. The prescribed or customary form for conducting a religious or other solemn ceremony: the rite of baptism.
2. A ceremonial act or series of acts: fertility rites.
3. Rite The liturgy or practice of a branch of the Christian church.

[Middle English, from Latin rītus; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

rite

(raɪt)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a formal act or procedure prescribed or customary in religious ceremonies: fertility rites; the rite of baptism.
2. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a formal act or procedure prescribed or customary in religious ceremonies: fertility rites; the rite of baptism.
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a particular body of such acts or procedures, esp of a particular Christian Church: the Latin rite.
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a Christian Church: the Greek rite.
[C14: from Latin rītus religious ceremony]

rite

(raɪt)

n.
1. a formal ceremony or procedure prescribed or customary in religious or other solemn use.
2. a particular form or system of religious or ceremonial practice: the Scottish rite in Freemasonry.
3. (sometimes cap.) a liturgy or liturgical system: the Byzantine rite.
4. (sometimes cap.) a division of a Christian church based on differences in liturgical practice.
5. any customary observance or practice.
[1275–1325; Middle English (< Old French rit(e)) < Latin rītus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rite - an established ceremony prescribed by a religionrite - an established ceremony prescribed by a religion; "the rite of baptism"
religious ceremony, religious ritual - a ceremony having religious meaning
vigil, watch - the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival)
last rites - rites performed in connection with a death or burial
orgy - secret rite in the cults of ancient Greek or Roman deities involving singing and dancing and drinking and sexual activity
circumcision - the act of circumcising performed on males eight days after birth as a Jewish and Muslim religious rite
liturgy - a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship
office - a religious rite or service prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities; "the offices of the mass"
2.rite - any customary observance or practicerite - any customary observance or practice
custom, usage, usance - accepted or habitual practice
ceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing - a dance that is part of a religious ritual
betrothal, espousal - the act of becoming betrothed or engaged
marriage ceremony, wedding, marriage - the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony; "their marriage was conducted in the chapel"
rite of passage - a ritual performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes status (as from adolescence to adulthood)

rite

rite

noun
A formal act or set of acts prescribed by ritual:
Translations
طَقْس، إحْتِفال
obřadrituál
=-ceremoniceremoniriteritus
آیین
ceremóniarítusszertartás
ritusupacara
helgiathöfn
apeiginisapeigosritualasritualinis
ceremonija
rit
âyintören

rite

[raɪt]
A. Nrito m; (= funeral rites) → exequias fpl
"The Rite of Spring""La Consagración de la Primavera"
see also last A3
B. CPD rite of passage Nrito m de paso, rito m de tránsito
see also rite(s)-of-passage

rite

[ˈraɪt] nrite m
rite of passage → rite m initiatique last rites

rite

nRitus m; burial ritesBestattungsriten pl

rite

[raɪt] nrito (Rel) the last ritesl'estrema unzione fsg
rite of passage → rito di passaggio

rite

(rait) noun
a solemn ceremony, especially a religious one. marriage rites.
ritual (ˈritʃuəl) noun
(a particular set of) traditional or fixed actions etc used in a religious etc ceremony. Christian rituals; the ritual of the Roman Catholic church.
adjective
forming (part of) a ritual or ceremony. a ritual dance/sacrifice.
References in classic literature ?
Preparatory to the chase, they performed some religious rites, and offered up to the Great Spirit a few short prayers for safety and success; then, having received the blessings of their wives, they leaped upon their horses and departed, leaving the whole party of Christian spectators amazed and rebuked by this lesson of faith and dependence on a supreme and benevolent Being.
Shortly afterwards the Idol's worshippers held a great religious ceremony at the base of his pedestal, and as a part of the rites the Missionary was roasted whole.
If, I say, while these sacred rites, which are in common to
There exists a monition of the Bishop of Durham against irregular churchmen of this class, who associated themselves with Border robbers, and desecrated the holiest offices of the priestly function, by celebrating them for the benefit of thieves, robbers, and murderers, amongst ruins and in caverns of the earth, without regard to canonical form, and with torn and dirty attire, and maimed rites, altogether improper for the occasion.
It is a part of the monthly rites of Issus," he replied, "in which black men wash the sins from their souls in the blood of men from the outer world.
This opinion appears to me without any better foundation than another of the conversion of the Abyssins to the Jewish rites by the Queen of Sheba, at her return from the court of Solomon.
The causes of superstition are: pleasing and sensual rites and ceremonies; excess of outward and pharisaical holiness; overgreat reverence of traditions, which cannot but load the church; the stratagems of prelates, for their own ambition and lucre; the favoring too much of good intentions, which openeth the gate to conceits and novelties; the taking an aim at divine matters, by human, which cannot but breed mixture of imaginations: and, lastly, barbarous times, especially joined with calamities and disasters.
In the center of the amphitheater was one of those strange earthen drums which the anthropoids build for the queer rites the sounds of which men have heard in the fastnesses of the jungle, but which none has ever witnessed.
tomfoolery, in imitation of certain sacred rites of our holy religion.
Not, of course, the fear of war itself, which, in the evolution of sentiments and ideas, has come to be regarded at last as a half-mystic and glorious ceremony with certain fashionable rites and preliminary incantations, wherein the conception of its true nature has been lost.
With its jagged outline it is like a Monseratt of the Pacific, and you may imagine that there Polynesian knights guard with strange rites mysteries unholy for men to know.
Gamut, who had been a close observer of rites he deemed so heathenish, now bent his head over the shoulder of the unconscious father, whispering: