ritualism

[rich-oo-uh-liz-uhm]
noun
1.
adherence to or insistence on ritual.
2.
the study of ritual practices or religious rites.
3.
excessive fondness for ritual.

Origin:
1835–45; ritual + -ism

ritualistic, adjective
ritualistically, adverb
antiritualism, noun
antiritualistic, adjective
hyperritualism, noun
hyperritualistic, adjective
nonritualistic, adjective
nonritualistically, adverb
unritualistic, adjective
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ritualism (ˈrɪtjʊəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  emphasis, esp exaggerated emphasis, on the importance of rites and ceremonies
2.  the study of rites and ceremonies, esp magical or religious ones
 
'ritualist
 
n

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Surpliced choirs are apparently not in favour here, from an impression that they tend toward dreaded ritualism.
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