[rich-oo-uh-luh-zey-shuh n]


the act of ritualizing.
Ethology. the alteration of a behavior pattern, as by a change in intensity, in a way that increases its effectiveness as a signal to other members of the species.

Nearby words

  1. ritual bath,
  2. ritual murder,
  3. ritualism,
  4. ritualist,
  5. ritualistic,
  6. ritualize,
  7. ritualized,
  8. ritually,
  9. ritz,
  10. ritz combination principle

Origin of ritualization

First recorded in 1930–35; ritualize + -ation

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