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rite de passage Line breaks: rite de pas|sage
Pronunciation: /ˌriːt də paˈsɑːʒ/

Definition of rite de passage in English:

noun (plural rites de passage pronounced same)

Another term for rite of passage (see rite).
Example sentences
  • The death of a real person is not a spectacle but a rite de passage, an event, perhaps THE event.
  • Marriage ceremonies are after all the classic rite de passage.
  • All the rites de passage, birth, puberty, marriage, and death gave occasion for liturgical celebration, in which divine protection was surely invoked.



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