Definition of ritualize in English:


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


[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.

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