[rich-oo-uh-liz-uh m]

Origin of ritualism

First recorded in 1835–45; ritual + -ism
Related formsrit·u·al·is·tic, adjectiverit·u·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·rit·u·al·ism, nounan·ti·rit·u·al·is·tic, adjectivehy·per·rit·u·al·ism, nounhy·per·rit·u·a·lis·tic, adjectivenon·rit·u·al·is·tic, adjectivenon·rit·u·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·rit·u·al·is·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ritualism

Historical Examples of ritualism

  • On the other hand, the priests have cast their system in the mould of ritualism.

    Hindu Gods And Heroes

    Lionel D. Barnett

  • He was also an earnest religious man, and strongly opposed to ritualism.

    Clara Maynard

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • As yet, the higher forms of ritualism were totally unknown to him.

    The Brentons

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Both hated Ritualism; and both worshipped the Man in the Street.

    Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography

    George William Erskine Russell

  • At any rate, it is ritualism rather than religion that is now promoted by the cathedrals.

    A Year in Europe

    Walter W. Moore

British Dictionary definitions for ritualism


  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 Formsritualist, noun
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