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religious ceremony


a ceremony having religious meaning


act noun (acts and actions)


religious ceremonies

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Princeton WordNet

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a form of prescribed and elaborated behavior and occurs both as the spontaneous inventions of the individual especially of the compulsion neurotic, and as a culture trait." Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a... (39 of 4088 words, 7 images)


New World Dictionary:

ceremony | ceremonies [plural]

a formal act or set of formal acts established by custom or authority as proper to a special occasion, such as a wedding, religious rite, etc. | the ... (27 of 85 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)


Collins Dictionary:

ceremony | ceremonies [plural] | stand on ceremony [sense-specific] | without ceremony [sense-specific]

a formal act or ritual, often set by custom or tradition, performed in observation of an event or anniversary | a religious rite or series of rites | ... (26 of 539 words, 6 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)



ceremony | ceremonies [plural] | ceremonial [synonym, sense-specific] | rite [synonym, sense-specific] | form [synonym, sense-specific] | formality [synonym, sense-specific] | observance [synonym, sense-specific] | ritual [synonym, sense-specific] | solemnity [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a formal act or series of acts prescribed by ritual, protocol, or convention | a conventional act of politeness or etiquette ; an action performed ... (24 of 187 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:

ceremony | ceremonies [plural] | stand on ceremony | without ceremony

a formal religious or public occasion, especially one celebrating a particular event, achievement, or anniversary | an act or series of acts performed ... (22 of 163 words, 6 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

ceremony | ceremonies [plural] | stand on ceremony [sense-specific]

the formal activities conducted on some solemn or important public or state occasion. | a formal religious or sacred observance; a solemn rite. | ... (22 of 108 words, 7 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

ceremony | ritual

expression of shared feelings and attitudes through more or less formally ordered actions of an essentially symbolic nature performed on appropriate ... (21 of 97 words)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

ceremony | ceremonies [plural] | without ceremony

[countable] a formal public event with special traditions, actions, or words | [uncountable] the formal traditions, actions, or words used to ... (20 of 87 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

ceremony | ceremonies [plural]

A formal act or set of acts performed as prescribed by ritual or custom | A conventional social gesture or act of courtesy | A formal act without ... (26 of 85 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

ceremony [entry 1] | ceremonial [adjective, derived] | ceremonially [adverb, derived]

([formal] "ceremonial") (a set of) formal acts, often fixed and traditional, performed on important social or religious occasions (18 of 39 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ceremony 1

ceremony [entry 2]

very formal and polite behaviour (5 of 41 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ceremony 2


ceremony | ceremonies [plural] | cæremony [sense-specific] | cærimony [both archaic, sense-specific]

A ritual with religious significance. | An official gathering to celebrate, commemorate, or otherwise mark some event. | Formal socially-established behaviour often in relation to people of different ranks. (27 of 29 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

ceremony | ceremonies [plural]

a formal event to celebrate or solemnize something, e.g. a wedding, an official opening, or an anniversary | the forms of behavior that are expected ... (24 of 81 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595954​/definition​.html  [offline]

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