Definition of ritualization in English:


(also ritualisation)


  • 1[mass noun] The action or process of ritualizing something.

    1. 1.1Zoology
      The evolutionary process by which an action or behaviour pattern in an animal loses its original function but is retained for its role in display or other social interaction.
      • ‘Footdrumming, as with other signals, probably originated by ritualization of older forms of behavior not associated with communication such as running and digging.’
      • ‘The manner in which fragments of motor patterns or autonomic reflexes are transformed into social signals are described in part by the evolutionary process of ritualization.’