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[rahyt] /raɪt/
noun
1.
a formal or ceremonial act or procedure prescribed or customary in religious or other solemn use:
rites of baptism; sacrificial rites.
2.
a particular form or system of religious or other ceremonial practice:
the Roman rite.
3.
(often initial capital letter) one of the historical versions of the Eucharistic service:
the Anglican Rite.
4.
(often initial capital letter) liturgy.
5.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Eastern Church, Western Church. a division or differentiation of churches according to liturgy.
6.
any customary observance or practice:
the rite of afternoon tea.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English (< Old French rit(e)) < Latin rītus
Related forms
riteless, adjective
ritelessness, noun
Can be confused
right, rite, wright, write.
Synonyms
1. observance, form, usage. See ceremony.
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British Dictionary definitions for riteless

rite

/raɪt/
noun
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
Word Origin
C14: from Latin rītus religious ceremony
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Word Origin and History for riteless

rite

n.

early 14c., from Latin ritus "religious observance or ceremony, custom, usage," perhaps from PIE root *re(i)- "to count, number" (cf. Greek arithmos "number," Old English rim "number;" see read (v.)). Rite of passage (1909) is translated from French rite de passage, coined by French anthropologist Arnold van Gennep (1873-1957).

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