|1.||a formal act or procedure prescribed or customary in religious ceremonies: fertility rites; the rite of baptism|
|2.||a particular body of such acts or procedures, esp of a particular Christian Church: the Latin rite|
|3.||a Christian Church: the Greek rite|
|[C14: from Latin rītus religious ceremony]|
the performance of ceremonial acts prescribed by tradition or by sacerdotal decree. Ritual is a specific, observable mode of behaviour exhibited by all known societies. It is thus possible to view ritual as a way of defining or describing humans.
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