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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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For the Palestinians themselves, May 15 is a day of remembrance, marked by sombre ceremonies and cultural rites.
J D-P: Though it has proven quite difficult to get rid of [harmful] cultural rites meted out on widows--because many people still have a strong attachment to all sorts of superstitious beliefs--education through advocacy and the provision of employable skills, such as those provided by WANE, are the best long-term solution to problems that have plagued African widows for a long time.
Connelly said, "One of the geniuses of Christianity was to originally allow a variety of cultural rites to celebrate Mass and sacraments in different languages and different customs in different lands, independently of the formally developed Roman rite.

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