[ rich-oo-uh-list ]
/ ˈrɪtʃ u ə lɪst /


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

Nearby words

  1. ritter, tex,
  2. ritual,
  3. ritual bath,
  4. ritual murder,
  5. ritualism,
  6. ritualistic,
  7. ritualization,
  8. ritualize,
  9. ritualized,
  10. ritually

Origin of ritualist

First recorded in 1650–60; ritual + -ist

Related formsan·ti·rit·u·al·ist, noun, adjective

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