from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The practice or observance of religious ritual.
- n. Insistence on or adherence to ritual.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The belief that it is necessary for rites or repeated sets of actions to be carried out.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A system founded upon a ritual or prescribed form of religious worship; adherence to, or observance of, a ritual.
- n. Specifically :(a) The principles and practices of those in the Church of England, who in the development of the Oxford movement, so-called, have insisted upon a return to the use in church services of the symbolic ornaments (altar cloths, encharistic vestments, candles, etc.) that were sanctioned in the second year of Edward VI., and never, as they maintain, forbidden by competennt authority, although generally disused. Schaff-Herzog Encyc. (b) Also, the principles and practices of those in the Protestant Episcopal Church who sympathize with this party in the Church of England.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A system of public worship which consists in forms regularly established by law, precept, or custom, as distinguished from that which is largely extemporaneous and therefore variable and left to the judgment of the conductor of the worship.
- n. Observance of prescribed forms in religious worship or in reverence of anything.
- n. Specifically— The science of ritual; the systematic study of liturgical rites.
- n. An observance of ritual in public worship founded upon a high estimate of the value of symbolism and a belief in the practical importance of established rites, and particularly in the efficacy of sacraments, as having been divinely appointed to be channels of spiritual grace to those who use them; more especially, the principles and practices of those Anglicans who are called Ritualists.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. exaggerated emphasis on the importance of rites or ritualistic forms in worship
- n. the study of religious or magical rites and ceremonies
Note: I'm not saying Ford's interest in ritualism is what made him a good writer.
So, again, if we see what is called ritualism making conquests in our Puritan middle - class, we may rejoice that portions of this class should have become alive to the aesthetical weakness of their position, even although they have not yet become alive to the intellectual weakness of it.
He carried his "ritualism" among the Methodists and sought to make them conform until they "waxed fat and kicked."
The curious thing is, in that example as in others, that it is the conscious ritualism which is comparatively simple, the unconscious ritual which is really heavy and complicated.
Rome, and of the so-called ritualism of England, in its true light. "
Ilan slid closer to his brother and kneaded the nape of his neck in an easy, unstudied way that held an air of ritualism.
– There are a few more phrases that I think could maybe be toned down: “pleading ritualism,” “unfathomable impossibility,” “illusory biology,” “contradictive peculiarity …”
Like dancers raising their arms in pleading ritualism, the scarlet tide splashed upward and drew back as gravity displayed evidence of past groping made in vain.
Such ritualism could be oppressive, my wife says, but it also permitted a kind of repose practically unknown in today's 24-7 society.
The entire affair was cloaked in the ritualism and reverence of a religious ceremony and might have been dismissed as harmless, though a bit blasphemous, were it not for its deeper purpose.