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ablution a washing or cleansing of oneself, esp. as part of a religious observance or ritual. [1/2 definitions]
anoint to put oil or ointment on, especially as part of a religious ritual that confers honor and sacredness. [2 definitions]
bless to make holy by religious ritual; sanctify. [1/5 definitions]
celebrate to perform (a religious ceremony or ritual). [1/4 definitions]
ceremony a social custom or polite ritual. [1/4 definitions]
Coptic the Afro-Asiatic language of ancient Egypt now extinct except for ritual use in the Coptic Church. [1/3 definitions]
Gregorian chant the monophonic plainsong formerly widely used in Roman Catholic ritual.
Haggadah a book read at the Passover Seder that contains the story of Exodus and the ritual of the Seder. [1/2 definitions]
hara-kiri a Japanese ritual suicide with knife or dagger, usu. to preserve one's honor, and associated esp. with the samurai and, more recently, the military. [1/2 definitions]
Hasid a member of a Jewish sect, founded in Poland in the eighteenth century, that emphasizes strict adherence to ritual and joyful worship of God.
incantation the words or sounds that are uttered or chanted as part of a magical ritual or spell, or the act of uttering such words or sounds. [2/3 definitions]
initiate to admit as a member of a club or society by performing a formal ceremony or ritual. [1/4 definitions]
interment the act or ritual of placing in a grave or tomb; burial.
kiss of peace in Christian ritual, an embrace, handshake, or the like given as a sign of peace, unity, and love.
Low Church of or pertaining to a liberal party within the Anglican Church emphasizing evangelicalism over tradition and ritual. (Cf. High Church, Broad Church.)
magic supernatural control of physical forces or events, as by spells or ritual actions. [1/6 definitions]
medicine dance a ritual dance performed by some North American Indian peoples to drive out disease, bring rain, invoke supernatural aid, or the like.
mumbo jumbo language or ritual activity that is unintelligible, meaningless, or confusing; hocus-pocus.
observance a particular rite; ritual; custom. [1/4 definitions]
office the form of a church ritual or service. [1/7 definitions]
powwow a North American Indian ceremony, usu. with ritual dancing, feasting, and chanting, performed to aid warriors in battle, cure disease, or aid the hunt. [1/4 definitions]