rite of passage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rite of passage a ritual performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes status (as from adolescence to adulthood)
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Usage

In literature:

That he had the principal care of religious rites, appears from many passages in Homer.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
The rite consists of certain forms and passages to be repeated with prescribed series of prostrations and genuflexions.
"Two Old Faiths" by J. Murray Mitchell and William Muir
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In poetry:

To feel on the verge of an exorcism
a rite of passage
To wait, or seek manhood
enlightenment in a gun
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison

In news:

Our earlier societal belief that bullying is a rite of passage and a normal experience while growing up has evolved to a better understanding that it destroys human dignity and potential for both the bully and the bullied.
It has become a rite of passage in retail.
Getting dismissed by CNN is a rite of passage.
Over the past decade, it almost seems like a rite of passage that Todd Pletcher will dominate the Kentucky Derby preps.
Shocker Cools Into a 'Rite' of Passage .
Rookies' 'rite of passage ' serves as Wednesday's New Orleans Saints practice play of the day.
What is the rite of passage for a young man or woman in our culture.
An Often Rainy Rite Of Passage In Oregon.
Hockey rite of passage declining, but still a reality.
When rites of passage disappear from public life, civilization does as well, and one result is young men running amok.
Bittersweet rites of passage .
The 2010 Election Brings One Man's Rite of Passage .
Tony's Trivia 12/30: Rites of Passage .
Exploring Rites of Passage .
Ear-Piercing Is Almost Rite of Passage .
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