verb[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 aggressionMore 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 behaviour pattern) to undergo ritualization: this ritualized action gives each animal time to assess the prowess of the otherMore 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.
More definitions of ritualizeDefinition of ritualize in:
- The US English dictionary