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rite

rite

 
 
pronunciation:
raIt
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a formal ceremonial ritual prescribed or customary for a specific occasion, as in religious worship.
It was the first time for the newly ordained priest to perform the marriage rite.When they reach thirteen, the boys will undergo the rites of passage into manhood.
synonyms:
ceremonial, ceremony, office, ritual
similar words:
celebration, observance, sacrament
definition 2: any customary act or practice that has taken on an imperativeness similar to that of a prescribed ritual.
Forced consumption of alcohol has become part of the rites of initiation for many college freshmen entering fraternities.
synonyms:
convention, custom, institution, ritual, tradition