Definition of ritualism in English:

ritualism

Syllabification: rit·u·al·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈriCH(əw)əˌlizəm
 
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noun

The regular observance or practice of ritual, especially when excessive or without regard to its function.
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  • Eventually the use of the body, ritualism, masquerade, and the shrine-like aura in non-Western religious and art practices found their way into conceptual art.
  • The community believes in performing good deeds, which are more than worship, and good worship is a matter of the heart and not of formal ritualism.
  • In addition, Protestantism, with its emphasis on ‘godly’ preaching and Bible study, was an academic creed, unattractive to illiterate villagers steeped in the oral traditions and symbolic ritualism of medieval England.

Derivatives

ritualist

noun
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  • The 1661 Prayer Book roughly followed 1559, and was uniformly used until the 20th cent., though Anglo-catholic ritualists often illegally used Tridentine rites in English.
  • Now, don't misunderstand me: We need ritualists and liturgists who can preserve the outer forms of our religion, and re-invent them as time goes by, so that we neither lose our traditional roots nor become mired in them.
  • These people concerned themselves primarily with defending their standpoint and attempting to refute what they saw as the absurd claims and practices of both ritualists and non-materialists alike.

ritualistic

Pronunciation: /ˌriCHo͞oəˈlistik/
adjective
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  • Besides these formal organizations, Filipinos gather with others from their province for ritualistic and religious ceremonies and festivals.
  • It previously would take place with beautiful traditional ceremonies and secret ritualistic sacrifices to the ancestors.
  • Ukrainians are ritualistic and religious in their funeral rites as well.

ritualistically

adverb
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  • Perhaps he misjudged his audience, who had just sat through complete darkness and ritualistically lit candles fairly enthusiastically.
  • Are the leaders of the past ritualistically remembered just during anniversaries, only to be forgotten for the rest of the year?
  • The stage is ritualistically transformed by the presence of a shrine and offerings to the gods on one corner of the stage, and by the performance of the opening item, usually referred to in programs as ‘an invocatory item’.

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