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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rite  \Rite\,  n.  [L.  ritus;  cf  Skr.  r[=i]ti  a  stream,  a  running, 
  way  manner,  ri  to  flow:  cf  F.  rit,  rite.  CF  {Rivulet}.] 
  The  act  of  performing  divine  or  solemn  service,  as 
  established  by  law,  precept,  or  custom;  a  formal  act  of 
  religion  or  other  solemn  duty;  a  solemn  observance;  a 
  ceremony;  as  the  rites  of  freemasonry. 
  He  looked  with  indifference  on  rites,  names  and  forms 
  of  ecclesiastical  polity.  --Macaulay. 
  Syn:  Form  ceremony;  observance;  ordinance. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  an  established  ceremony  prescribed  by  a  religion;  "the  rite 
  of  baptism"  [syn:  {religious  rite}] 
  2:  any  customary  observance  or  practice  [syn:  {ritual}] 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  RITE,  n.  A  religious  or  semi-religious  ceremony  fixed  by  law,  precept 
  or  custom,  with  the  essential  oil  of  sincerity  carefully  squeezed  out 
  of  it 

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