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rit·u·al  audio  (rch-l) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. The prescribed order of a religious ceremony.
    2. The body of ceremonies or rites used in a place of worship.
    1. The prescribed form of conducting a formal secular ceremony: the ritual of an inauguration.
    2. The body of ceremonies used by a fraternal organization.
  1. A book of rites or ceremonial forms.
  2. rituals
    1. A ceremonial act or a series of such acts.
    2. The performance of such acts.
    1. A detailed method of procedure faithfully or regularly followed: My household chores have become a morning ritual.
    2. A state or condition characterized by the presence of established procedure or routine: "Prison was a ritualreenacted daily, year in, year out. Prisoners came and went; generations came and went; and yet the ritual endured" (William H. Hallahan).
ADJECTIVE:
  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.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin rtulis, of rites, from rtus, rite ; see rite

OTHER FORMS:
ritu·al·ly(Adverb)


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