One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural rites de passage
- ‘Marriage ceremonies are after all the classic rite de passage.’
- ‘The death of a real person is not a spectacle but a rite de passage, an event, perhaps THE event.’
- ‘All the rites de passage, birth, puberty, marriage, and death gave occasion for liturgical celebration, in which divine protection was surely invoked.’
- ‘Field research abroad for an extended period is still an obligatory rite de passage for all its practitioners.’
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