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tr.v. rit·u·al·ized, rit·u·al·iz·ing, rit·u·al·iz·es
1. To make a ceremony of or put in the form of a ceremony: The Christian service ritualizes the Last Supper in the Eucharist.
2. To put into a prescribed and socially acceptable form or order: "Sport ritualizes aggression and allows it to be linked with competitive achievement" (David Whitson).
3. Zoology To cause (behavior) to have the form of a ritual: courtship behavior that has become ritualized.

rit′u·al·i·za′tion (-ə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.




the state or process of ritualizing
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73) This should not be surprising, because, unlike the blood libel, these are symbolic acts of desecration--the ritualization of the anti-gospel, similar to the "performance" of Toledot Yeshu on Christmas and the conflation of Haman with Jesus on Purim.
Chinatown under siege: Community protest and structural ritualization theory.
Combining it with improved perianal skin hygiene, bowel habit ritualization, and the addition of fiber as a bulking agent and loperamide for diarrhea offers the greatest hope for patients suffering from this challenging condition.
Whereas Cervantes distances his audience from empathizing with his old men by making them the butt of jokes through comic excess, Garcia Lorca's characterization of his viejos is compassionate, though his "schematic approach to character and ritualization of action deny the audience entry into the feelings of the characters and invite them to reflect more on the significance of the action" (Lyon 237).
Food and drink were part of the process of ritualization, that is, the structured routine of activities that are imbued with special meaning.
Ritual is not a distinct category of action but a modification on existing categories; in the wake of Huxley (1914) biologists, anthropologists and ethologists have been stressing the concept of ritualization as one key to our understanding of ritual behaviour; (15) in Catherine Bell's (1992: 90) formulation, '[t]he significance of ritual behaviour lies not in being an entirely separate way of acting but in how such activities constitute themselves as different and in contrast to other activities.
The resting position of Cerodirphia speciosa (Cramer), (Lepidoptera, Saturniidae): The ritualization of a conflict posture.
Though historically white identity remains the artifact of never fully accomplished work in the domains of ideological discourse and, especially today, hegemonic ritualization, it has generally been only passively received by those who embrace its privileges and benefits.
The topics include three personal images of death and dying in the Nordic countries, the roles of the dead in medieval Iceland, lighting candles as ritualization of death, physicians narrating end-of-life issues, and "good" and "bad" deaths in contemporary palliative care.
Responding to James, Sarah Beckwith argues that in analyzing the York cycle plays, it is necessary to use a theory of ritualization in which ritual has a material form and is understood to reflect "a series of tensions" and multiplicity of meaning rather than a unified belief within a community (Beckwith 1999, 28).
Among the most marked aspects of his work is the removal of a necessary ingredient to a ritualized activity to accentuate the strangeness its ritualization conceals: in Rugby, for example, men are posed in postures of athletes at play, but expressionless, and without the ball; in Pornographie, fully clothed men and women are arranged in hardcore sexual positions.