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verb (used without object), rit·u·al·ized, rit·u·al·iz·ing.
  1. to practice ritualism.
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verb (used with object), rit·u·al·ized, rit·u·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make into a ritual: to ritualize the serving of tea.
  2. to convert (someone) to ritualism; impose ritualism upon.
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Also especially British, rit·u·al·ise.

Origin of ritualize

First recorded in 1835–45; ritual + -ize
Related formsde·rit·u·al·ize, verb, de·rit·u·al·ized, de·rit·u·al·iz·ing.
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Related Words for ritualize

perform, hold, laud, proclaim, observe, praise, honor, revere, obey, sanctify, regard, bless, solemnize, respect, consecrate, fulfill, celebrate, ritualize, commend, revel

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Historical Examples of ritualize

  • We can ritualize our sorrows, but not turn them into tragedies.

    Ancient Art and Ritual

    Jane Ellen Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for ritualize



  1. (intr) to engage in ritualism or devise rituals
  2. (tr) to make (something) into a ritual
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