Definition of Ritual
(noun) A practice or observance based on custom.
Examples of Ritual
- burial ceremony
- graduation ceremony
- wedding ceremony
- American English – /rIch-uh-wuhl/
- British English – /rIch-uuhl/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈrɪtʃ(əw)əl/
- British English – /ˈrɪtʃʊəl/
- Plural: rituals
- A thanatologist studies rituals related to death, such as burial and remembrance.
- Also called rite.
- A ritual is performed (adverb) ritually.
- Death and Dying Research Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
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- Word origin of “ritual” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Alexander, Jeffrey C., Bernhard Giesen, and Jason L. Mast, eds. 2006. Social Performance: Symbolic Action, Cultural Pragmatics, and Ritual. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Chwe, Michael Suk-Young. 2001. Rational Ritual: Culture, Coordination, and Common Knowledge. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
- Durkheim, Émile.  1965. The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life. New York: Free Press.
- Jafri, Amir H. 2008. Honour Killing: Dilemma, Ritual, Understanding. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Rothenbuhler, Eric W. 1998. Ritual Communication: From Everyday Conversation to Mediated Ceremony. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
- personified supernatural force
- rite of passage
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“ritual.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 3 Oct. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/ritual/>.