[rich-oo-uh-liz-uh m]


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

Nearby words

  1. ritter's disease,
  2. ritter, tex,
  3. ritual,
  4. ritual bath,
  5. ritual murder,
  6. ritualist,
  7. ritualistic,
  8. ritualization,
  9. ritualize,
  10. ritualized

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



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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