Definition of ritual :
1. A book containing the rites to be observed.
2. A prescribed form of performing divine service in a particular church or communion; as, the Jewish ritual.
3. Hence, the code of ceremonies observed by an organization; as, the ritual of the freemasons.
4. Of or pertaining to rites or ritual; as, ritual service or sacrifices; the ritual law.
dull, way, routine, rites, ceremonious, head-to-head, induction, wont, trivial, humdrum, unexciting, as is someone's wont, way of life, common practice, dedication, boring, uninteresting, trick, formal, processional, mind-numbing, communicator, religious rite, form, face to face, uninspired, study at ceremony, pattern, practice, congressional, solemnity, fashion, habit, second nature, take to, usual, graduation, plenary, tedious, office, tendency, dreary, daily life, habitude, inaugural
celebration (part of speech: noun)
festivity, celebration, ceremony, acclamation, commemoration, honor, exultation, merry-making, elation, feast, memorialization, glorification, jubilation, inauguration, observance, commencement, salute, jubilee, revelry, ovation, holiday, remembrance, joy, rejoicing, convocation, proclamation, glee, carousal, spree, praise
rite (part of speech: noun)
Eucharist, wedlock, baptism, communion, solemnization, mass, nones, initiation, sacrifice, liturgy, service, confirmation, matrimony, evensong, canon, novena, missal, rite, sacrament, Siddur, revival, last rites, transubstantiation, christening, marriage, vesper
ritualistic (part of speech: adjective)
conformity (part of speech: noun)
congruity, etiquette, manner, adherence, correctness, tradition, propriety, compliance, acquiescence, formality, submissiveness, conformance, consistency, accordance, conformity, regularity, obedience, submission, custom, convention
- It was an austere church both within and without, and had a sacrificial beauty of outline and of ritual that did not belong to Mrs. Frampton's church, which was full of cheery comfort and best hats and Hymns A. and M. Kate's church had an oblative air of giving up. - "Non-combatants and Others", Rose Macaulay.
- I was curious to learn the Mormon ritual and what might be the doctrines that such a man as the Bishop would expound. - "Red Men and White", Owen Wister.
- He was too long accustomed to straight question and straight answer, but here, in the Old Country, privacy was jealously guarded with such careful ritual. - "The Best Psychic Stories", Various.