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ritualize Line breaks: ritu¦al|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈrɪtjʊəlʌɪz/
(also ritualise)

Definition of ritualize in English:


[with object] (usually as adjective ritualized)
1Make (something) into a ritual by following a pattern of actions or behaviour: interpreting football hooliganism as a ritualized expression of aggression
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  • 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 behaviour pattern) to undergo ritualization: this ritualized action gives each animal time to assess the prowess of the other
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  • 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.

Words that rhyme with ritualize

dualize • sexualize

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