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English adjective: ritual

1. ritual of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals


SamplesRitual killing.

2. ritual of or relating to or employed in social rites or rituals


SamplesA ritual dance of Haiti.
Sedate little colonial tribe with its ritual tea parties.


English noun: ritual

1. ritual (act) any customary observance or practice


Synonymsrite


Broader (hypernym)custom, usage, usance


Narrower (hyponym)betrothal, espousal, marriage, marriage ceremony, rite of passage, wedding


Part holonymceremonial dance, ritual dance, ritual dancing

2. ritual (act) the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies


Broader (hypernym)pattern, practice


Narrower (hyponym)ablution, celebration, Communion, Holy Communion, manduction, sacramental manduction, solemnisation, solemnization

3. ritual (act) stereotyped behavior


Broader (hypernym)habit, use









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