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Ritual vs. Tradition

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Ritualadjective

Related to a rite or repeated set of actions.

‘They performed the ritual lighting of the candles.’;

Traditionnoun

A part of culture that is passed from person to person or generation to generation, possibly differing in detail from family to family, such as the way to celebrate holidays.

Ritualnoun

rite; a repeated set of actions

‘They carried out the ritual carefully.’;

Traditionnoun

A commonly held system. en

Ritualadjective

Of or pertaining to rites or ritual; as, ritual service or sacrifices; the ritual law.

Traditionnoun

The act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery.

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Ritualnoun

A prescribed form of performing divine service in a particular church or communion; as, the Jewish ritual.

Traditionverb

(obsolete) To transmit by way of tradition; to hand down.

Ritualnoun

Hence, the code of ceremonies observed by an organization; as, the ritual of the freemasons.

Traditionnoun

The act of delivering into the hands of another; delivery.

Ritualnoun

A book containing the rites to be observed.

Traditionnoun

The unwritten or oral delivery of information, opinions, doctrines, practices, rites, and customs, from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity; the transmission of any knowledge, opinions, or practice, from forefathers to descendants by oral communication, without written memorials.

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Ritualnoun

any customary observance or practice

Traditionnoun

Hence, that which is transmitted orally from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity; knowledge or belief transmitted without the aid of written memorials; custom or practice long observed.

‘Will you mock at an ancient tradition begun upon an honorable respect?’; ‘Naught but tradition remains of the beautiful village of Grand-Pré.’;

Ritualnoun

the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies

Traditionnoun

An unwritten code of law represented to have been given by God to Moses on Sinai.

‘Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered.’;

Ritualnoun

stereotyped behavior

Traditionnoun

That body of doctrine and discipline, or any article thereof, supposed to have been put forth by Christ or his apostles, and not committed to writing.

‘Stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word or our epistle.’;

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Ritualadjective

of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals;

‘ritual killing’;

Traditionverb

To transmit by way of tradition; to hand down.

‘The following story is . . . traditioned with very much credit amongst our English Catholics.’;

Ritualadjective

of or relating to or employed in social rites or rituals;

‘a ritual dance of Haiti’; ‘sedate little colonial tribe with its ritual tea parties’;

Traditionnoun

an inherited pattern of thought or action

Ritual

A ritual is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, actions, or objects, performed according to a set sequence. Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community.

Traditionnoun

a specific practice of long standing

Tradition

A tradition is a belief or behavior (folk custom) passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past. A component of folklore, common examples include holidays or impractical but socially meaningful clothes (like lawyers' wigs or military officers' spurs), but the idea has also been applied to social norms such as greetings.

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