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


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 forms

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Examples from the Web for ritualistically

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

    Double Trouble|Herbert Quick

British Dictionary definitions for ritualistically


/ (ˈrɪtjʊəˌlɪzəm) /


emphasis, esp exaggerated emphasis, on the importance of rites and ceremonies
the study of rites and ceremonies, esp magical or religious ones

Derived Forms

ritualist, noun
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