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rit·u·al

(rich'ū-ăl),
In psychiatry and psychology, any repetitive psychomotor activity (for example, hair pulling, handwashing) performed by a person to relieve anxiety, typically seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
[L. ritualis, fr. ritus, rite]

ritual

[rich′o̅o̅wəl]
1 a mental health disorder characterized by repetitive sequences of stereotyped daily life routines, such as repeated handwashing, that interferes with an individual's level of functioning.
2 a prescribed order of ceremonial acts or series of acts.
3 a detailed procedure followed faithfully or regularly.

ritual

Psychiatry Repetitive complex movements, often a distorted or stereotyped elaboration of a daily routine, used to relieve anxiety, or seen in obsessive compulsive disorder. See Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Cf Motor tic.

rit·u·al

(rich'ū-ăl)
psychiatry, psychologyAny psychomotor activity (e.g., pathologic handwashing) performed by a person to relieve anxiety or forestall its development; typically seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
[L. ritualis, fr. ritus, rite]
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I would be seen as having violated a lot of cultural rites by wearing a bikini, and in some cases just by wearing trousers.
Bartlett does introduce critical concepts from Russian folk tradition, for example, the khorovod (ancient "mystical choral dance") and the obshchina (the commune), and explain how these cultural rites and features, especially as interpreted by Russian symbolists, equate to planks in Wagner's aesthetic platform.
There he spent two years as if in Samoa or the Brazilian rainforest, gaining the trust of the indigenous people and examining their cultural rites and practices.
2010) suggests that changes in long-established cultural rites tend to come about when advocates begin by engaging community leaders in dialogue, prompting those communities to elicit the need for change from within.
Ms Patricia Mutesi, the principal state attorney who represented the attorney general, told the court that "the term 'bride price' is a misnomer, derogatory, coined by colonialists who did not appreciate the meaning and significance of certain cultural rites and ceremonies that include the exchange of intrinsically unique gifts which are merely symbolic.

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