• WordNet 3.6
    • adv ceremonially in a ceremonial manner "he was ceremonially sworn in as President"
    • adv ceremonially in a ceremonious manner "my mother advised her children ceremoniously"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1976, a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a fifty pound rock. More than twenty people witnessed the ceremony
    • adv Ceremonially According to rites and ceremonies; as, a person ceremonially unclean.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, Walt Disney was head of the committee that organized the opening day ceremonies
    • ceremonially In a ceremonial manner; as regards prescribed or recognized rites and ceremonies: as, a person ceremonially unclean; an act ceremonially unlawful.
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Ceremony is the smoke of friendship.”
  • Amy Vanderbilt
    Amy Vanderbilt
    “We must learn which ceremonies may be breached occasionally at our convenience and which ones may never be if we are to live pleasantly with our fellow man.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “When love begins to sicken and decay it uses an enforced ceremony. [Julius Caesar]”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.”
  • Proverb
    “Nothing is more noble than politeness, and nothing more ridiculous than ceremony.”


In literature:

It was the council chamber, and I was about to go through the ceremony of adoption into the tribe.
"Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches" by Edwin Eastman
Except the exhortation, the ceremony was practically finished.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
The coronation of a queen was a mere ceremony; but that of the king was something more than ceremony.
"Coronation Anecdotes" by Giles Gossip
Cadmus sent some of his men to the place to obtain some water which it was necessary to use in the ceremonies of the sacrifice.
"Romulus, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
A mysterious being called Twan is spoken of in initiation ceremonies, chiefly, it seems, to frighten or train the boys.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Generally speaking, we may say that caste authority is exercised only in cases where ceremonial observance and social usages are violated.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
It was an occasion of great pomp and ceremony, though Mary, of course, was unconscious of the meaning of it all.
"Mary Queen of Scots, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
When the eating was finished, the chief gave an exhortation, which concluded the ceremony.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
This is a curious ceremony and of great antiquity.
"Home Life in Germany" by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
It is said that there were four kings and three queens present at the marriage ceremony.
"Richard II" by Jacob Abbott

In poetry:

At the wedding ceremony
the two sisters came to curry favor
and the white dove pecked their eyes out.
Two hollow spots were left
like soup spoons.
"Cinderella" by Anne Sexton
Spare me the whispering, crowded room,
The friends who come, and gape, and go;
The ceremonious air of gloom -
All which makes death a hideous show!
"A Wish" by Matthew Arnold
"The Second tells us what is right
In ceremonious calls:-
(A thing I quite forgot to-night),
"Phantasmagoria Canto II ( Hys Fyve Rules )" by Lewis Carroll
To-day at morn I set the dish aside,
Saying: "Since to fast so many mortals choose
Shall not I too the ceremony use?"
Small place had love therein, or aught but pride.
"Friday" by Charles Walter Stansby Williams
Little Dame Spider arose with a rustle,
Welcomed him with ceremonious bustle;
Quick as a flash threw her long arms around him,
Heeded no buzzing, but held him and bound him;
"Dame Spider" by Clara Doty Bates
The funerals were conducted at the expense of the local authority,
And two hours and more elapsed at the mournful ceremony;
And at one grave there were two thousand people, a very great crowd,
And most of the men were bareheaded ad weeping aloud.
"Burning of the Exeter Theatre" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The Rural Beauty Spot award for August 2009 was presented by representatives from the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce in informal ceremonies on Friday, Aug 7.
The ceremony took place at the Herman Myers Memorial Park, Gloversville.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALDVeterans salute during the playing of the National Anthem Monday morning in Gulfport during a Veterans Day ceremony.
Tom Tennant officiating the double-ring ceremony.
Over the course of the last week, the Kentucky House of Representatives honored fallen military members and their families in a solemn, moving ceremony in the House chamber.
Mission Re-Dedication Ceremony features speeches from community members and student performances.
Techno soundtrack notwithstanding, Publicity Club of New England produced this solid video highlights reel of its 2011 Bell Ringer Awards Ceremony held June 7.
Pictured during the ceremony at Little Falls Community High School are (from left): Julie, Joey and John Hanowski.
Dr Van Gardner of Decatur officiated the single-ring ceremony.
Benedictine Academy (Elizabeth) held commencement ceremonies for its 97th graduating class Sunday, June 3.
Ceremony marks start of work on new Poulsbo Masonic Lodge.
Elizabeth Pagliarini gets a kiss from her husband Robert while her daughter Alexandra, 7, holds her hand during the 2012 OC Walk to Remember ceremony in Tustin Saturday.
Shane Williams of Kewanee performed the ceremony.
Every year, during the months of May and June, families around the country gather together to joyously participate in graduation ceremonies.
Enlarge Katie Selden Mlive.com Bell's Brewery Inc held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference for its new brewhouse in Comstock on Monday, May 14.

In science:

For me, the most memorable part of the HEP99 meeting was a formal ceremony conducted by four young physicists representing the four LEP collaborations—Fabio Cerutti, Magali Gr¨uwe, Simonetta Gentile, and Mario Pimenta.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
The title of the ceremony was: ‘Any sign of New Physics in the 1999 LEP data?’.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
It might be that while observing the due ceremonial of everyday market transaction we are in fact observing capital flows resulting from quantum games eluding classical description.
Quantum Game Theory in Finance
Thousands of people have attended a ceremony in Nairobi commemorating the first anniversary of the deadly bombings attacks against U.S.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
Thousands of people have attended a ceremony in Nairobi commemorating the first anniversary of the deadly bombings attacks against U.S.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization