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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Ritual  \Rit"u*al\,  a.[L.  ritualis,  fr  ritus  a  rite:  cf  F. 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  rites  or  ritual;  as  ritual  service  or 
  sacrifices;  the  ritual  law. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Ritual  \Rit"u*al\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  rituel.] 
  1.  A  prescribed  form  of  performing  divine  service  in  a 
  particular  church  or  communion;  as  the  Jewish  ritual. 
  2.  Hence  the  code  of  ceremonies  observed  by  an  organization; 
  as  the  ritual  of  the  freemasons. 
  3.  A  book  containing  the  rites  to  be  observed. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  of  or  relating  to  or  characteristic  of  religious  rituals; 
  "ritual  killing" 
  2:  of  or  relating  to  or  employed  in  social  rites  or  rituals;  "a 
  ritual  dance  of  Haiti";  "sedate  little  colonial  tribe  with 
  its  ritual  tea  parties"-  Nadine  Gordimer 
  n  1:  any  customary  observance  or  practice  [syn:  {rite}] 
  2:  the  prescribed  procedure  for  conducting  religious  ceremonies 
  3:  stereotyped  behavior 

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