ritualism

[ rich-oo-uh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈrɪtʃ u əˌlɪz əm /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for ritualistic (1 of 2)

ritualistic

/ (ˌrɪtjʊəˈlɪstɪk) /

adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for ritualistic (2 of 2)

ritualism

/ (ˈrɪtjʊəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

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

ritualistic


adj.

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

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