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  • n. A fondness for ceremony, especially in religion; ritualism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Adherence to external rites; fondness for ceremony.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Adherence to or fondness for ceremony; ritualism.


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From ceremonial +‎ -ism.


  • Here is a ceremonialism which is blind to the humane.

    My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

  • Jerusalem Day accurately portrays the Israeli public discourse regarding the political status of the city: a great deal of ceremonialism, slogans, and a sea of waving flags, but very little relevant substance relating to the root of the city's conflicted reality, and realistically examining its future possibilities.

    Ir Amim: Reflections on Jerusalem Day in an Impoverished, Extremist, and Divided City

  • Rich mythologies, vivid oral histories, festivals, and animal ceremonialism also illustrate the social, economic, and spiritual relationships that indigenous peoples have with the arctic environment.

    Indigenous peoples, animals, and climate in the Arctic

  • In his list of six primary features of martyr narratives, Marotti singles out two as uniquely Catholic: the "sacralizing of these sites of suffering and execution by means of Catholic prayer, sacramentalism, and ceremonialism" and "the occurrence of supernatural signs and wonders and the conversion of the bodies and body parts of the martyrs into saints' relics" 78.

    The Little Professor:

  • It is to be understood, that we give only some hints of what we explained in the first volume as far as our leaders found proper to do, showing gradually the great apostasy from the christian truth and immersion into materialism and ceremonialism, produced by the anti-christian management [Z] of the "Hefner or Dregs of the Lamp."

    Secret Enemies of True Republicanism

  • Possibly what he most disliked in Confucianism was its excessive ceremonialism.

    The History of the Former Han Dynasty

  • How do the peoples of the given area divide themselves as cultural beings? what are the outstanding “cultural areas” and what are the dominant ideas in each (e.g., the Mohammedan north of Africa; the primitive hunting, non-agricultural culture of the Bushmen in the south; the culture of the Australian natives, poor in physical respects but richly developed in ceremonialism; the more advanced and highly specialized culture of Polynesia)?

    Chapter 10. Language, Race and Culture

  • Judea, the preacher of earthly prosperity, of goodness, and justice, opposing the narrow doctrines and minute and senseless ceremonialism inculcated by the priests, who were the predecessors of the Rabbis.

    The Renascence of Hebrew Literature (1743-1885)

  • They labored under the delusion that positive reasoning could carry conviction to a people immersed in mystical speculation, crushed by the double yoke of ceremonialism and an inferior social position, and sustained only by the

    The Renascence of Hebrew Literature (1743-1885)

  • 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.

    Tarzan of the Apes


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