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Dictionary definition for: Ritual

1. (n) any customary observance or practice

2. (a) of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals; "ritual killing"

3. (n) the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies

4. (a) of or relating to or employed in social rites or rituals; "a ritual dance of Haiti" "sedate little colonial tribe with its ritual tea parties"- Nadine Gordimer

5. (n) stereotyped behavior

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