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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.


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.
This passage records Grebel's criticism of the Roman Catholic Church for its ceremonialism and of the magisterial reformers for preaching justification by faith, which Anabaptists held to be altogether superficial if affirmed without accompanying fruits of faith--i.
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.
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.
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.
Fueled by the nostalgia of the holidays, armed with a year's worth of regrets, and unleashed by the ceremonialism and ritual of the calendar's turn, some 45 percent of Americans decide to make New Year's resolutions each January, according to research from the University of Scranton.
Among them are an elaborate bead-embroidered Otoe-Missouria Faw Faw coat with symbols, associated with ceremonialism and the desire to restore balance in a world that had become untenable, and a richly painted Arapaho Ghost Dance dress with visionary symbols associated with ritual practices.
Or, in Geertz's own, well-known words: 'It was the theatre state in which the kings and princes were the impresarios, the priests the directors, and the peasants the supporting cast, stage crew, and audience'; in short, '[c]ourt ceremonialism was the driving force of court politics'.
Realizing that he was taking his flock far out of their depth, he ended somewhat hurriedly, and was soon receiving that generous applause which is a part of the profound ceremonialism of the working classes.
Ceremonialism implies conformity, characterized in this investigation as the first stage for organizational heterogeneity.
The Gliere concerto, written in 1951, is a curious mix of late romantic stylings, some military ceremonialism and early 20th century neo-classicism.