riteless

rite

[rahyt]
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; Middle English (< Old French rit(e)) < Latin rītus

riteless, adjective
ritelessness, noun

right, rite, wright, write.


1. observance, form, usage. See ceremony.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To riteless
Collins
World English Dictionary
rite (raɪt)
 
n
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

rite
early 14c., from L. ritus "religious observance or ceremony, custom, usage," perhaps from PIE base *re(i)- "to count, number" (cf. Gk. arithmos "number," O.E. rim "number"). Rite of passage (1909) is translated from Fr. rite de passage, coined by French anthropologist Arnold van Gennep (18731957).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature