One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The regular observance or practice of ritual, especially when excessive or without regard to its function.
- ‘In addition, Protestantism, with its emphasis on ‘godly’ preaching and Bible study, was an academic creed, unattractive to illiterate villagers steeped in the oral traditions and symbolic ritualism of medieval England.’
- ‘He refused to be drawn into the ritualism which for many was the natural consequence of the Oxford movement, but supported the revival of Anglican monastic life, particularly for women.’
- ‘The community believes in performing good deeds, which are more than worship, and good worship is a matter of the heart and not of formal ritualism.’
- ‘The Protestant Reformation in England brought a rejection of some of the ritualism of the Roman Catholic Church.’
- ‘These remains document an extravagant ritualism and outspoken insistence on the nobles' political dignity.’
- ‘Eventually the use of the body, ritualism, masquerade, and the shrine-like aura in non-Western religious and art practices found their way into conceptual art.’
- 1.1 A traditional or fixed way of behaving.‘Christmas shopping is steeped in consumer ritualism’
- ‘Ritualism is normal toddler behavior.’
- ‘Ritualism ensues with an unchallenged insistence upon punctilious adherence to formalized procedures.’
- ‘Many experiments have been conducted on the results of emotional stability from ritualism.’
- ‘The Boxing Day sales tradition was "consumer ritualism at its best".’
- ‘Our ritualism lets each individual walk through everyday life with a shell of privacy and forbearance.’
- ‘There may be ritualism behaviour which the subject feels compelled to carry out.’
- ‘Ritualism could develop as a defence mechanism.’
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