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rit·u·al

 (rĭch′o͞o-əl)
n.
1.
a. A ceremony in which the actions and wording follow a prescribed form and order.
b. The body of ceremonies or rites used in a place of worship or by an organization: according to Catholic ritual.
2. A book of rites or ceremonial forms.
3. A set of actions that are conducted routinely in the same manner: My household chores have become a morning ritual.
4. Zoology A set of actions that an animal performs in a fixed sequence, often as a means of communication: the greeting ritual in baboons.
adj.
1. Associated with or performed according to a rite or ritual: a priest's ritual garments; a ritual sacrifice.
2. Being part of an established routine: a ritual glass of milk before bed.

[From Latin rītuālis, of rites, from rītus, rite; see rite.]

rit′u·al·ly adv.
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ritual

(ˈrɪtjʊəl)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the prescribed or established form of a religious or other ceremony
2. (Other Non-Christian Religions) the prescribed or established form of a religious or other ceremony
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) such prescribed forms in general or collectively
4. (Other Non-Christian Religions) such prescribed forms in general or collectively
5. stereotyped activity or behaviour
6. (Psychology) psychol any repetitive behaviour, such as hand-washing, performed by a person with a compulsive personality disorder
7. any formal act, institution, or procedure that is followed consistently: the ritual of the law.
adj
8. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of, relating to, or characteristic of religious, social, or other rituals
9. (Other Non-Christian Religions) of, relating to, or characteristic of religious, social, or other rituals
[C16: from Latin rītuālis, from rītus rite]
ˈritually adv
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rit•u•al

(ˈrɪtʃ u əl)

n.
1.
a. an established procedure for a religious or other rite.
b. a system of such rites.
2. observance of set forms in public worship.
3. a book of rites or ceremonies.
4. prescribed, established, or ceremonial acts or features collectively.
5. any practice or pattern of behavior regularly performed in a set manner.
6. Psychiatry. a specific act, as hand-washing, performed repetitively to a pathological degree.
adj.
7. being or practiced as a rite or ritual: a ritual dance.
8. of or pertaining to rites or ritual: ritual laws.
[1560–70; < Latin rītuālis=rītu-, s. of rītus rite + -ālis -al1]
rit′u•al•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ritual - any customary observance or practiceritual - 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)
2.ritual - the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
ablution - the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
solemnisation, solemnization, celebration - the public performance of a sacrament or solemn ceremony with all appropriate ritual; "the celebration of marriage"
Communion, Holy Communion, manduction, sacramental manduction - the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist; "the governor took Communion with the rest of the congregation"
3.ritual - stereotyped behavior
habit, use - (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition; "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
Adj.1.ritual - of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals; "ritual killing"
2.ritual - of or relating to or employed in social rites or rituals; "a ritual dance of Haiti"; "sedate little colonial tribe with its ritual tea parties"- Nadine Gordimer
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ritual

noun
1. ceremony, rite, ceremonial, sacrament, service, mystery, communion, observance, liturgy, solemnity This is the most ancient and holiest of the rituals.
2. custom, tradition, routine, convention, form, practice, procedure, habit, usage, protocol, formality, ordinance Italian culture revolves around the ritual of eating.
adjective
1. ceremonial, formal, conventional, routine, prescribed, stereotyped, customary, procedural, habitual, ceremonious Here, the conventions required me to make the ritual noises.
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ritual

noun
1. A formal act or set of acts prescribed by ritual:
2. A conventional social gesture or act without intrinsic purpose:
adjective
Of or characterized by ceremony:
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Translations
شَعَائِريّشَعِيرَةطَقْس كَنَسيطَقْسي
rituálrituální
ritualrituelceremoniel
rituaalirituaalinen
ritualritualan
rituálisszertartásszertartásokszertartásosünnepélyes
helgisiîa-helgisiîir, ritúal
儀式儀式の
의례적인의식
rituálrituálny
obred
ritualrituell
เกี่ยวกับพิธีกรรมพิธีกรรมทางศาสนา
lễ nghitheo lễ nghi

ritual

[ˈrɪtjʊəl]
A. ADJ
1. [dancing, murder] → ritual
2. (fig) (= conventional) → consabido
in the ritual phraseen la expresión consagrada
B. N
1. (Rel) (Christian) → ritual m, ceremonia f; (non-Christian) → rito m
2. (fig) (= custom) → rito m, ritual m
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ritual

[ˈrɪtʃuəl]
adj
[dancing, chanting, sacrifice, murder] → rituel(le)
[conventional] → rituel(le)
n
(RELIGION)rituel m
(= habit) → rituel m
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ritual

adj
rituell; ritual abuseritueller Missbrauch; ritual murderRitualmord m
(usu hum: = usual) commentsüblich; visitüblich, gewohnheitsmäßig
nRitual nt; (pej also)Zeremoniell nt no pl; the courtship ritual of frogsdas Paarungsverhalten der Frösche; he went through the same old ritual (fig)er durchlief dasselbe alte Ritual or Zeremoniell; he went through the ritual of checking all the lockser überprüfte nach dem üblichen Zeremoniell or Ritual, ob alles abgeschlossen war
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ritual

[ˈrɪtjʊəl] adj & nrituale (m)
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

ritual

شَعَائِريّ, شَعِيرَة rituál, rituální ritual, rituel Ritual, rituell τελετή, τελετουργικός ritual rituaali, rituaalinen rite, rituel ritual, ritualan rituale 儀式, 儀式の 의례적인, 의식 ritueel rituale, rituell rytuał, rytualny ritual ритуал, ритуальный ritual, rituell เกี่ยวกับพิธีกรรม, พิธีกรรมทางศาสนา ayin, ayinsel lễ nghi, theo lễ nghi 典礼, 典礼的
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ritual

n ritual m
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