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rit·u·al

ritual

 
 
pronunciation:
rI chu l
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a set form for going through the steps of a religious ceremony.
Some Christian rituals include prayer and reading from the Bible.
 
synonyms:
ceremony
similar words:
celebration, custom, practice, service, worship
definition 2: a set of actions always done in the same way.
Paul's bedtime ritual ends with fluffing his pillow and turning out the light.
similar words:
custom, habit, practice, routine, rule
derivation: ritually (adv.)
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