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Definition of Ritual

Ritual

  1. Of or pertaining to rites or ritual; as, ritual service or sacrifices; the ritual law.
  2. A prescribed form of performing divine service in a particular church or communion; as, the Jewish ritual.
  3. Hence, the code of ceremonies observed by an organization; as, the ritual of the freemasons.
  4. A book containing the rites to be observed.

Ritual Quotations

Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.
Camille Paglia

When you're writing, you're conjuring. It's a ritual, and you need to be brave and respectful and sometimes get out of the way of whatever it is that you're inviting into the room.
Tom Waits

A person is born with desires of the eyes and ears, and a liking for beautiful sights and sounds. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to immorality and lack of restriction, and any ritual principles and propriety will be abandoned.
Xun Zi

Rituals, anthropologists will tell us, are about transformation. The rituals we use for marriage, baptism or inaugurating a president are as elaborate as they are because we associate the ritual with a major life passage, the crossing of a critical threshold, or in other words, with transformation.
Abraham Verghese

Eventually, competition and adventure wane, and I enter my ibuprofen phase. Tweaky hamstrings and achy knees restrict mileage, but I continue running for health, sanity, and the ritual of a Sunday trail run with like-minded buddies. We discuss the nagging injuries that bedevil us, and remember the good old days when we were kings.
Don Kardong
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Ritual Translations

ritual in Dutch is ritueel
ritual in French is rituel
ritual in German is rituell
ritual in Italian is usanza, rito
ritual in Spanish is usanza, ritual
ritual in Swedish is ritual, rituell
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