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English definition of “ritual”


noun [C]     /ˈrɪtʃuəl/
an activity or a set of actions that are always done in the same way or at the same time, sometimes as part of a religion: Coffee and the paper are part of my morning ritual.Habitual behaviour
ritualistic     /ˌrɪtjuəlˈɪstɪk/ adjective done as a ritualCeremonies
(Definition of ritual noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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