Origin of rite
Examples from the Web for rite
In the neighborhoods they grow up in, prison is a rite of passage and being a street gangster is a viable career choice.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs|Seth Ferranti|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For anyone whose political sympathies lie left of center, discovering and reading Chomsky is a rite of passage.
A rite of passage solely reserved for adolescent girls, the painful custom is believed to be as old as the local creation myth.Facial Tattoos: The Tribal Female Rite in Papua New Guinea|Brandon Presser|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Doing well at the Gridiron is a rite of passage that not everybody survives.
Walgreens and Rite Aid—seeing the glowing publicity CVS is benefitting from—will quickly follow suit.The War on Smoking Didn’t Save My Mother’s Life, but It Could Save Many More|Joe Concha|February 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Bulgarian rite also aims at propitiating general good luck.Modern Mythology|Andrew Lang
It seems to have had its origin in a rite which took place after the crew had 'worked off the dead horse.'The Shanty Book, Part I, Sailor Shanties|Richard Runciman Terry
I should like something else: a little addition to the rite.Jane Eyre|Charlotte Bronte
Other scholars refuse to accept Hepding's distinction between an earlier and a later form of the rite.The Origin of Paul's Religion|J. Gresham Machen
In the meantime here are six heathen alive and well, or at any rate well enough to support, willy-nilly, the rite of holy baptism.Christopher Columbus, Complete|Filson Young
British Dictionary definitions for rite
Word Origin for rite
Word Origin and History for rite
early 14c., from Latin ritus "religious observance or ceremony, custom, usage," perhaps from PIE root *re(i)- "to count, number" (cf. Greek arithmos "number," Old English rim "number;" see read (v.)). Rite of passage (1909) is translated from French rite de passage, coined by French anthropologist Arnold van Gennep (1873-1957).