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ritual

noun [C or U] uk   /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.
ritualistic
adjective uk   /ˌrɪt.ju.əlˈɪs.tɪk/ us    /ˌrɪtʃ.u-/
ritualistically
adverb uk   /ˌrɪt.ju.əlˈɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/ us    /ˌrɪtʃ.u-/
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