Definition of ritualize in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈriCH(o͞o)əˌlīz/


[with object] (usually as adjective ritualized)
1Make (something) into a ritual by following a pattern of actions or behavior: hooliganism as a ritualized expression of aggression
More example sentences
  • The violence is more ritualized than in, say, American gangster films, so that it seems both shocking and unreal at the same time.
  • Many people have ritualized ideas regarding their use of TV.
  • The 15th century saw a decline in the real value of chivalry, and though new orders, such as the Order of the Golden Fleece were created, tournaments survived merely as ritualized ceremonies.
1.1 Zoology Cause (an action or behavior pattern) to undergo ritualization.
Example sentences
  • Zoologists have known for over a hundred years that most animal fights involve ritualized aggression rather than injurious physical contact.
  • Chimpanzee youngsters thus acquire the majority, if not the totality, of their gestures by individually ritualizing them with one another.
  • However, even as they execute these ritualised social courtesies, there are suggestions that his long isolation has impaired his ability to behave in a wholly appropriate manner.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: rit·u·al·ize

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.