[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 ritualistically

Historical Examples of ritualistically

  • "It's ready, most noble Potentate," said Edgington ritualistically.

    Double Trouble

    Herbert Quick

  • Perhaps that flying chapel will eventually be ritualistically decorated like a chapel; possibly with a symbolic scheme of wings.

    What I Saw in America

    G. K. Chesterton

  • In fact, all the terms in Zui for the four quarters are twofold and different, according as used familiarly or ritualistically.

    Outlines of Zui Creation Myths

    Frank Hamilton Cushing

British Dictionary definitions for ritualistically


  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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