Meaning of ritualistic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌrɪtʃʊəˈlɪstɪk/

Translate ritualistic into Spanish


  • 1Relating to or characteristic of rituals followed as part of a religious or solemn ceremony.

    ‘a ritualistic act of worship’
    • ‘Besides these formal organizations, Filipinos gather with others from their province for ritualistic and religious ceremonies and festivals.’
    • ‘It previously would take place with beautiful traditional ceremonies and secret ritualistic sacrifices to the ancestors.’
    • ‘Ukrainians are ritualistic and religious in their funeral rites as well.’
    • ‘The City was enmeshed in ritualistic and religious concepts.’
    • ‘In India, the great 12 th-century poet-mystic Basava, who rebelled against ritualistic and superstitious temple worship and caste system, was a critical insider.’
    • ‘Designed for specific, often ritualistic uses in a traditional culture, these objects are prized as fine works of art by Western collectors, galleries and museums.’
    • ‘There is a short feature on the difference between voodoo and hoodoo, which illuminates how one is an organized religion, and the other is a ritualistic practice of magic.’
    • ‘Catholicism is the most ritualistic of America's major religions.’
    • ‘Sculptures, a sarcophagus, jewellery, furniture, ritualistic objects and tableware from Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East and the European Dark Ages will be available for sale.’
    • ‘The story has a tribal storyteller style to it and is almost ritualistic in places - what prompted this?’
    • ‘There are tears in his eyes, as though this is some sort of ritualistic experience for him.’
    • ‘The ancient Maya were imagined as a prehistoric, mysterious, ritualistic cult, ineluctably estranged from European historical and philosophical systems.’
    • ‘Every detail of life here is ritualistic, spiritual, and imbued with meaning, even the empty rooms of Marie's house.’
    • ‘Because of this the martial disciplines are linked with a fixed set up of ritualistic procedures and are often performed within a monastic and rigid code of conduct.’
    • ‘The poet's ritualistic performance, however, does not simply imitate a traditional daily Mass.’
    • ‘Of the endless variety of ritualistic folk dances, many have magical significance and are connected with ancient cults.’
    ceremonial, ritualistic, prescribed, set, formal, stately, solemn, dignified, celebratory, sacramental, liturgical
    1. 1.1Invariably performed in the same way.
      ‘the party's ritualistic display of support for their leader’
      • ‘He's built on one aspect, kind of a ritualistic and performative quality in Duncan's work.’
      • ‘Again, the music's mood is ritualistic and almost fiercely celebratory.’
      • ‘With their origins in guerrilla street performance and ritualistic collective improvisations staged at various Tokyo-area temples, the band's formative years seemed destined to remain in the shadows.’
      • ‘It is customary, almost ritualistic, to conclude a paper like this with a call for more research, to broaden the sample, and so on.’
      • ‘The dance, despite being ‘new age,’ was just vaguely traditional and almost ritualistic.’
      • ‘Another example is the ritualistic question asked at the end of job interviews, ‘Have you any questions?’’
      • ‘Reeling from disastrous results in the local and European elections, some elements in the party have resorted to a ritualistic blaming of the Progressive Democrats for their woes.’
      • ‘It is ironic that in an issue devoted to the preservation of salmon you glorify the ritualistic hunting and consumption of them.’
      traditional, established, long-established, long-standing, long-lived, old-time, historic, age-old, folk, old-world, ancestral, enduring, lasting