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rite of passage

n. pl. rites of passage
A ritual or ceremony signifying an event in a person's life indicative of a transition from one stage to another, as from adolescence to adulthood.
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The purpose of the implementation of the 1985 straight baselines was to assert that there exists no right of passage within the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
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Linking as it does the North Atlantic and the North Pacific oceans, a sea route through the Northwest Passage might be regarded in law as an international strait through which there would also be a right of passage that would be more onerous for the coastal state than the right of innocent passage in the territorial sea.
It was my quinceanera, a right of passage celebration in which a girl becomes a young woman.
From the founders of our game and our Association to the fresh-faced graduate assistant, the opportunity to be an influence on others is a right of passage that goes with the title "coach."
So a cavalcade of coaches laden with servants and maids, furniture, provisions and trunks and often masses of gifts would trundle through the cultural centres of Europe as part of this 'intellectual and romantic right of passage' for 18th century women of standing.
The Commission also wants to avoid the Member States replacing the current system (calculating cost per individual licence) by a convoluted, expensive method.The Commission has taken notice of the Parliament's concerns over right of passage and has tightened up the requirements.
Academy Award recognition is simply a right of passage.
She describes that pattern and how it works itself out in the complicated journey to maturity, and how American culture has been and might continue to be supportive of healthy and challenging ways for the young to earn their right of passage into adulthood.
Chapters also consider the right of passage across Central America, the Papal States, Hawaii, and Japan, as well as Buchanan's generally unsuccessful ministry to the Court of St.
The internship document, more a certificate of service than a diploma, indicated the right of passage that has been the burden of many generations of physicians.
For generations of folk, climbing Mount Judd was a right of passage, but owners FCC Environment have repeatedly stressed that such actions should not take place as it is trespassing.