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rite of passage

n. pl. rites of passage
A ritual or ceremony signifying an event in a person's life indicative of a transition from one stage to another, as from adolescence to adulthood.
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rite of passage

(French rit də pɑsaʒ) or

rite de passage

n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a ceremony performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes his or her status, as at puberty and marriage
2. a significant event in a transitional period of someone's life
3. (Anthropology & Ethnology) (as modifier): a rite-of-passage novel.
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rite′ of pas′sage


n.
1. a ceremony to facilitate or mark a person's change of status on a significant occasion, as at the onset of puberty or upon entry into a select group.
2. any act or event marking a passage from one stage of life to another.
[translation of French rite de passage (1909)]
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Noun1.rite of passage - a ritual performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes status (as from adolescence to adulthood)
ritual, rite - any customary observance or practice
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rite of passage

n (fig)Übergangsritual m, → Rites plde passage (Sociol); a rite(s)-of-passage filmein Film müber das Erwachsenwerden
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Bishop (Rtd) Paul Leleito, who chairs the Myoot, asked the people to go ahead with their initiation plans."There should be no cause for alarm, and the initiation rites should proceed as usual," said Bishop (Rtd) Leleito.
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But the fraternity soon became notorious in the Philippines because of the initiation rites members had to undergo to join it.
Criminal justice and other scholars from the US, Europe, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand discuss gang initiation rites, gang activities and school safety, forensic psychological perspectives on youth gang involvement in juvenile fire setting and bomb making, hate groups, leaving a gang, the gender dynamics of violent acts, weapons and Latino gang culture, street gangs and organized crime groups, prison gangs, and street children.
By focusing on the country's northern matrilineal Makhuwa, Signe Amfred critiques second-wave Western feminists' assumption of the universal subordination of women by illustrating how traditional matrilineal institutions such as female initiation rites, as well as women's role in food preparation and sexual relationships, grant women autonomy and authority.
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