|1.||the prescribed or established form of a religious or other ceremony|
|2.||such prescribed forms in general or collectively|
|3.||stereotyped activity or behaviour|
|4.||psychol any repetitive behaviour, such as hand-washing, performed by a person with a compulsive personality disorder|
|5.||any formal act, institution, or procedure that is followed consistently: the ritual of the law|
|6.||of, relating to, or characteristic of religious, social, or other rituals|
|[C16: from Latin rītuālis, from rītus|
ritual rit·u·al (rĭch'ōō-əl)
A detailed act or series of acts carried out by an individual to relieve anxiety or to forestall the development of anxiety.
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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