from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The prescribed order of a religious ceremony.
- n. The body of ceremonies or rites used in a place of worship.
- n. The prescribed form of conducting a formal secular ceremony: the ritual of an inauguration.
- n. The body of ceremonies used by a fraternal organization.
- n. A book of rites or ceremonial forms.
- n. A ceremonial act or a series of such acts.
- n. The performance of such acts.
- n. A detailed method of procedure faithfully or regularly followed: My household chores have become a morning ritual.
- n. A state or condition characterized by the presence of established procedure or routine: "Prison was a ritual—reenacted daily, year in, year out. Prisoners came and went; generations came and went; and yet the ritual endured” ( William H. Hallahan).
- adj. Associated with or performed according to a rite or ritual: a priest's ritual garments; a ritual sacrifice.
- adj. Being part of an established routine: a ritual glass of milk before bed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Related to a rite or repeated set of actions.
- n. rite; a repeated set of actions
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to rites or ritual
- n. A prescribed form of performing divine service in a particular church or communion.
- n. Hence, the code of ceremonies observed by an organization.
- n. A book containing the rites to be observed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to, consisting of, or prescribing a rite or rites.
- n. A book containing the rites or ordinances of a church or of any special service.
- n. A prescribed manner of performing religious worship or other devotional service in any given ecclesiastical or other organization.
- n. The external form prescribed for religious or other devotional services.
- n. Any ceremonial form or custom of procedure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. stereotyped behavior
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals
- adj. of or relating to or employed in social rites or rituals
- n. any customary observance or practice
- n. the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
The ritual -- that's what it was, it was a * ritual* -- the ritual had the feel of something worn smooth with countless repetitions.
As she says in her book,"The Joy of Ritual," "To some, the word ritual evokes a vision of frenzied, naked savages beating tom-toms as they dance around a blazing fire..."
In fact, the word ritual is often tied to spiritual practices—things that we believe touch our soul.
A PETA spokesman says the ritual is abusive and unnecessary.
In other words, a ritual is a kinaesthetic activity.
Although the ritual is a bit more extensive, those are the most necessary words to be used (especially in cases of emergency baptisms).
In religious terms, the ritual is a message, a statement in the symbology of religion, addressed to the divine powers.
His book "Gendered Advertisements" is said to claim "that ads often portrayed women as subordinate to men involved in what he called the ritual of subordination, or physically placing themselves in some form of submissive position."
At this level, the sell job performs what I call the ritual soulectomy: the dehumanization of an enemy, whose uncomplicated, godless evil makes the game possible.
The energy in that kind of ritual is very powerful.