from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to ritual or ritualism.
  • adj. Advocating or practicing ritual.

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  • adj. In the manner of a ritual.
  • adj. Of or relating to habitual behavior.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or in accordance with, a ritual; adhering to ritualism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or according to ritual.
  • Adhering to rituals: often used to designate a devotion to external forms and symbols as of great importance in religious worship.
  • Hence Pertaining to or characteristic of the party called Ritualists in the Anglican Church. See ritualist, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or characterized by or adhering to ritualism


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  • The thoughtful, never too literal visual narrative employed Viola's characteristic imagery of water, fire, sea, night-time forests, distant horizons which come slowly nearer, and humans in ritualistic or biblically inspired poses: prelapsarian, baptismal, transcendent.

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  • He murdered people in ritualistic fashion and cooked and ate their flesh.

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  • The end of various past administrations has been experienced with strong devaluation of the Mexican peso, shocking political decisions made at the last minute (for example, when former President José López Portillo decided to nationalize the banking industry), assassinations during the campaign (Luis Colosio), promises never carried out, like the 7% growth promised by President Fox, and many other events which have created what I call a ritualistic panic.

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  • Few people would suggest that no abuse took place at Wenatchee, but the idea of ritualistic orgies involving dozens of people has now been discredited.

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  • While I won't go so far as to say it's all a conspiracy to keep those less socialised than us out, the language of academia is part of a system which Bourdieu describes as ritualistic as religion.

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  • Contrary to some reports, three mobile phone sim cards found in the flat were not arranged in a "ritualistic" manner, a Metropolitan police spokesman told the Guardian.

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  • Further questions have been raised over the death of an MI6 officer after police confirmed that reports of bondage equipment found at his flat and a "ritualistic" arrangement of his possessions were untrue.

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  • In fact, Bonhoeffer used the phrase to suggest the kind of ritualistic and over-intellectualized faith that had failed to prevent the rise of Hitler.

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  • Grand Central Arena of the title which the crew of the Holy Grail discovers instead of the stars is a very, very old place, wondrous and awesome but dangerous and "ritualistic" too, with many alien races at various privilege and development states mingling under some rules strictly enforced by ultra-powerful beings.

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  • You have noted that as a little boy you demonstrated "ritualistic" behaviors, ones that are very much like the kind that keep our kids out of sync with the real world.

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