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ritualism

[rich-oo-uh-liz-uh m] /ˈrɪtʃ u əˌlɪz əm/
noun
1.
adherence to or insistence on ritual.
2.
the study of ritual practices or religious rites.
3.
excessive fondness for ritual.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; ritual + -ism
Related forms
ritualistic, adjective
ritualistically, adverb
antiritualism, noun
antiritualistic, adjective
hyperritualism, noun
hyperritualistic, adjective
nonritualistic, adjective
nonritualistically, adverb
unritualistic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ritualism

ritualism

/ˈrɪtjʊəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
emphasis, esp exaggerated emphasis, on the importance of rites and ceremonies
2.
the study of rites and ceremonies, esp magical or religious ones
Derived Forms
ritualist, noun
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