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RITUAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ritual mean? 

RITUAL (noun)
  The noun RITUAL has 3 senses:

1. any customary observance or practice
2. the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
3. stereotyped behavior

  Familiarity information: RITUAL used as a noun is uncommon.


RITUAL (adjective)
  The adjective RITUAL has 2 senses:

1. of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals
2. of or relating to or employed in social rites or rituals

  Familiarity information: RITUAL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RITUAL (noun)


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Meaning:

Any customary observance or practice

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

ritual; rite

Hypernyms ("ritual" is a kind of...):

custom; usage; usance (accepted or habitual practice)

Meronyms (parts of "ritual"):

ceremonial dance; ritual dance; ritual dancing (a dance that is part of a religious ritual)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ritual"):

betrothal; espousal (the act of becoming betrothed or engaged)

marriage; marriage ceremony; wedding (the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony)

rite of passage (a ritual performed in some cultures at times when a individual changes his status (as from adolescence to adulthood))


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Meaning:

The prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("ritual" is a kind of...):

pattern; practice (a customary way of operation or behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ritual"):

ablution (the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels)

celebration; solemnisation; solemnization (the public performance of a sacrament or solemn ceremony with all appropriate ritual)

Communion; Holy Communion; manduction; sacramental manduction (the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist)


Sense 3ritual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stereotyped behavior

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("ritual" is a kind of...):

habit; use; wont (a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition)


RITUAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

ritual killing

Pertainym:

religious rite (an established ceremony prescribed by a religion)


Sense 2ritual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or employed in social rites or rituals

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

a ritual dance of Haiti / sedate little colonial tribe with its ritual tea parties

Pertainym:

rite (any customary observance or practice)


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