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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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Examples for ritualistic
  • Without commentary, the image came across with purity and a sacred, ritualistic quality.
  • ritualistic crime investigations should strive to prove premeditation and obtain occult items through a search warrant.
  • ritualistic television use is reflected in higher selectivity before and during exposure, but less involvement during exposure.
British Dictionary definitions for ritualistic

ritualistic

/ˌrɪtjʊəˈlɪstɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or suggestive of ritualism
Derived Forms
ritualistically, adverb

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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Word Origin and History for ritualistic
adj.

1844, from ritualist "one versed in or devoted to rituals" (1650s; see ritual) + -ic. Related: Ritualism (1838).

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