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ritual

noun [C or U]     /ˈrɪt.ju.əl/ US  /ˈrɪtʃ.u-/
C2 a set of fixed actions and sometimes words performed regularly, especially as part of a ceremony: Coffee and the newspaper are part of my morning ritual. The birds were performing a complex mating ritual.CeremoniesHabitual behaviour ritualistic     /ˌrɪt.ju.əlˈɪs.tɪk/ US  /ˌrɪtʃ.u-/ adjective CeremoniesHabitual behaviour ritualistically     /ˌrɪt.ju.əlˈɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/ US  /ˌrɪtʃ.u-/ adverb CeremoniesHabitual behaviour
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