• synonyms


  1. a student of or authority on ritual practices or religious rites.
  2. a person who practices or advocates observance of ritual, as in religious services.
  3. (initial capital letter) Anglican Church.
    1. a person who supports High Church principles.
    2. a supporter of the Oxford movement.
Show More

Origin of ritualist

First recorded in 1650–60; ritual + -ist
Related formsan·ti·rit·u·al·ist, noun, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ritualist

Historical Examples

  • Fortune had handed over the parish of Harden to a ritualist vicar.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • "Never heard of a Ritualist," thought Jack, with a feeling of gladness.

  • What an answer is here to the monk, the ascetic, and the ritualist!

    The Assembly of God

    C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh

  • But the heart-stricken Ritualist had swarmed up the ladder and was gone.

  • You are no doubt a Ritualist, and your son has no doubt been educated in the same school.

    The Altar Steps

    Compton MacKenzie