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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.
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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.
From that time forward, they often raided and camped together, yet maintained differences in social structure, ceremonialism, language, and other cultural elements.
With his private and public life in chaos, with the heritage of his mind and habits upset, and even the things of his external mode of life changing, less efficient in everything he did because deprived of leadership and the support of traditional ceremonialism...
Early complex society and ceremonialism on the Peruvian North Coast.
(3) Rauschenbusch's catch-all term for Christianity after the second century was "ceremonialism." (4) And he attacked it because it undercut the ethical force of Jesus' teaching in the life of the church.
The burning of skins, in any case, represented a new practice in an area in which the roots of the human-bear relationship were located in circumpolar bear ceremonialism. In this ancient tradition, the bear was considered to be the King of the Forest, a holy animal, and a kind of human being, the killing of which was strictly ritualized (Krohn 1915/2008, 146 ff.; Hallowell 1926; Pentikainen 2007; Sarmela 2009, 80 ff.; Siikala 2012, 380 f.).
Because of the growing cynicism and despair fuelled by the Zuma Presidency, this article argues that there has been a drift away from the ethical foundations of South Africa's foreign policy into a crude instrumentalism characterised by diplomatic ceremonialism and unprincipled pragmatism.
The painting series "New Bear Ceremonialism," 2017, was inspired, I was informed, by the artist's daughter, who one day tapped out on his laptop a string of commas that she said reminded her of "snow." The paintings repeat the punctuation marks against a white background.
These studies focused on monasteries and temples as bounded social worlds, and they explored the social hierarchies, roles, rules and ceremonialism that fuelled collective life in these environments.
He considers the powwow as a form of indigenous activism presented through cultural performance, discussing the historical foundations of the Ho-Chunk powwow tradition in the 19th century and the role of warrior ceremonialism and new forms of cultural performance like World's Fairs and Wild West shows; commercialization in the first half of the 20th century as a link between indigenous modes of gift giving and money that is the core of American society, leading to a hiatus from 1942 to 1955; the revival of the powwow and the role of the warrior in Ho-Chunk life, and the development of a new tradition of powwows as part of the formation of a tribal cultural sphere and the reorganization of the Ho-Chunk tribal government; and contemporary powwow performance.