• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ritual of or relating to or employed in social rites or rituals "a ritual dance of Haiti","sedate little colonial tribe with its ritual tea parties"- Nadine Gordimer"
    • adj ritual of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals "ritual killing"
    • n ritual stereotyped behavior
    • n ritual any customary observance or practice
    • n ritual the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At one time in India, a fiance was required to deflower his future bride if she died before the wedding. The girl could not be cremated until this ritual was carried out in front of the village priest.
    • Ritual A book containing the rites to be observed.
    • Ritual A prescribed form of performing divine service in a particular church or communion; as, the Jewish ritual .
    • Ritual Hence, the code of ceremonies observed by an organization; as, the ritual of the freemasons.
    • a Ritual Of or pertaining to rites or ritual; as, ritual service or sacrifices; the ritual law.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The "last meal" for Death Row inmates has became embedded in the American death-penalty ritual. Reporters have dutifully recorded the last meal menus: John Wayne Gacy had fried chicken and strawberries; Ted Bundy passed on steak and eggs; James Smith, executed in Texas in 1990, requested a "lump of dirt" (request was denied); Missouri inmate Lloyd Schlup asked for venison and hare (request was granted).
    • ritual Pertaining to, consisting of, or prescribing a rite or rites.
    • n ritual A book containing the rites or ordinances of a church or of any special service. Specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, the ritual is an office-book containing the offices to be used by a priest in administering the sacraments (baptism, marriage, penance, extreme unction, communion out of mass), together with the offices for the visitation of the sick, burial of the dead, benedictions, etc. The corresponding book in the medieval church in England was called the manual.
    • n ritual A prescribed manner of performing religious worship or other devotional service in any given ecclesiastical or other organization.
    • n ritual The external form prescribed for religious or other devotional services.
    • n ritual Any ceremonial form or custom of procedure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ritual rit′ū-al consisting of or prescribing rites
    • n Ritual manner of performing divine service, or a book containing it: the body of rites employed in the church: the code of ceremonies observed by an organisation, as the ritual of the Freemasons
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  • Camille Paglia
    “Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.”
  • John Lennon
    “Rituals are important. Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.”
  • Peace Pilgrim
    “Praying without ceasing is not ritualized, nor are there even words. It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ritualis, fr. ritus, a rite: cf. F. rituel,


In literature:

Anderson and Desaguliers revised but did not originate the ritual and constitutions drawn up by them.
"Secret Societies And Subversive Movements" by Nesta H. Webster
From among the various songs given by my preceptor are selected and presented herewith those recognized by him as being part of the ritual.
"The Mide'wiwin or "Grand Medicine Society" of the Ojibwa" by Walter James Hoffman
Salvation does not depend upon the ritual but upon the life; the fruits of the Spirit are the sole criteria of the Spirit's presence.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
But we must remember that in mediaeval times, on Sundays and on other great festivals, grand processions formed part of the ritual.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Saint Albans" by Thomas Perkins
Blood-feud on Wolf is a terrible and elaborate ritual of the code duello.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Form, ceremony and rituals are much like most associated charities, a sort of convention.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
Tried for both operative and ritual witchcraft, and found guilty.
"The Witch-cult in Western Europe" by Margaret Alice Murray
It is a re-action from the burden of a rigid law, and a wearisome ritual.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
The marriage ceremony in the Central Provinces follows the ordinary Hindu ritual.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
Rituals would thus arise.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow

In poetry:

``So bear me witness, dear old Church,
Although apart our ritual be,
I ne'er have breathed one word to smirch
The Creed that bore and suckled me.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin
Slow ages passed: and lo! another came,
An English matron, in whose simple faith
Nor priestly rule nor ritual had claim,
A plain, uncanonized Elizabeth.
"The Two Elizabeths" by John Greenleaf Whittier
No gifts can I bring save of heart or of wit,
My cause to my lips I can only trust.
Desires my Redeemer a ritual fit,
How should I suffice who am based on dust?
"Arise, O My Rapture" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
O ancient World, arise! For the last time
We call you to the ritual feast and fire
Of peace and brotherhood! For the last time
O hear the summons of the barbarian lyre!
"The Scythians" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
That chant strange music as they slowly pace
Dim-columned aisles; hears trembling overhead
Echoes that lose themselves in that vast space,
Of Egypt's solemn ritual for the dead.
"The Egyptian Lotus (In an Artificial Pond)" by Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton
Nor hope to know it. May the fathers he finds
Among his teachers have a care of him
More than his father could. How that will look
I do not know, I do not need to know.
Even our tears belong to ritual.
But may great kindness come of it in the end.
"September, The First Day Of School" by Howard Nemerov

In news:

For Kurdish Girls, a Painful Ancient Ritual.
Nutcracker' in ritual finery .
Save the luggage fee, because Ritual Coffee Roasters is already there.
FishEye Café, located in the middle of Sanlitun, Beijing's hot expat neighborhood, sources its beans once a week from Ritual.
He also has rituals, including methodically pawing out a perfect hole.
Flower Power Shena Mackay's novel dissects the solipsistic commonplaces that inform our social rituals.
Tebow was just one of several Denver Bronco rookies to sport a new hairdo after a ritual hazing administered by veteran teammates - but his look garnered the most attention.
Fear and Anxiety At Academy Awards: A Ritual Shilling .
It's one of those routines, rituals even, that help us toll the days of the week and the weeks of the month.
It’s one of those routines, rituals even, that help us toll the days of the week and the weeks of the month.
The ritual of sound-bite economics.
It is a ritual as predictable as the tides.
The Downside of A Ritual Brand.
Zookeepers in Toronto, while "fascinated" by male African penguins who appear to be a couple, even displaying signs of mating rituals, plan on splitting up the pair for the sake of captive breeding.
Stage Business In this post-modern Italian novel, two actors engage in an eerie ritual that turns deadly.

In science:

MAS96], whereas a significant fraction of deer remain on their feet for 5 seconds or so until they collapse from loss of blood. In addition, ruminants (such as deer and goats) are more resistant to brain injury than humans because their pre-mating dominance rituals involve head butting [SHA02].
The Ballistic Pressure Wave Theory of Handgun Bullet Incapacitation
Imagine a tribe that has the following initiation ritual.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
The chief of the tribe believes he can influence the outcome of the test if he dance and all the time he eagerly performs this ritual.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
We can see from this quote, and others, that their main interest is to check whether the interval subsumes the world average of 1. In this case, it does, and consequently the implicit nil null hypothesis is not rejected. This is the null ritual and it is highly problematic.
Caveats for using statistical significance tests in research assessments
Its appearance in PB, a book dealing primarily with ritual, must be explained as a remembrance of an old idea.
Early Theories on the Distance to the Sun