[rich-oo-uh-liz-uh m]


adherence to or insistence on ritual.
the study of ritual practices or religious rites.
excessive fondness for ritual.

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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Related Words for ritualistic

ceremonial, conventional, established, reverent, formalistic

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British Dictionary definitions for ritualistic



of, relating to, or suggestive of ritualism
Derived Formsritualistically, adverb



emphasis, esp exaggerated emphasis, on the importance of rites and ceremonies
the study of rites and ceremonies, esp magical or religious ones
Derived Formsritualist, noun
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Word Origin and History for ritualistic

1844, from ritualist "one versed in or devoted to rituals" (1650s; see ritual) + -ic. Related: Ritualism (1838).

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