ADJ. ancient, primitive | daily, nightly, Sunday, etc. | little A cognac before bed is one of our little nightly rituals. | elaborate, solemn | empty Bargaining at the markets is now just an empty ritual. | religious, social | pagan | courtship, fertility, initiation, mating
VERB + RITUAL go through, perform She had to go through the ritual of kissing the toys before her son would go to sleep. rituals performed by druids at Stonehenge on Midsummer's Day | make She makes an elaborate ritual of the washing-up.
RITUAL + VERB take place
RITUAL + NOUN practice the ritual practices of ancient religions | murder, sacrifice, slaughter the accusation that they practised ritual murder
PREP. in a/the ~ Women's roles in the rituals of many religions have been limited.