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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]
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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.
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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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Satan's Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt, by Debbie Nathan and Michael Snedeker, will leave few but the truest believers doubting the authors' conviction: that satanic ritual abuse is an imagined peril representing a social hysteria as terrible as the Salem witch trials or McCarthyism.
The reality is that the Satanic rituals that amuse adolescents on a Saturday night do not preclude their worshiping at church on Sunday morning or taking a mathematics test on Monday.
Rumors and direct allegations of Satanic ritual abuse have surfaced in many of the cases of sexual molestation at day care centers.
THE year is 1990 and in the God-fearing town of Hoyek, Minnesota, mechanic John Gray (David Dencik) makes Blunt a nervous confession to police chief Cleveland (Peter MacNeill) that he sexually abused his 17-year-old daughter Angela (Emma Watson) during a satanic ritual.
The year is 1990 and, in the God-fearing town of Hoyek, Minnesota, mechanic John Gray (David Dencik) makes a nervous confession to police chief Cleveland (Peter MacNeill) that he sexually abused his 17-year-old daughter Angela (Watson) during a satanic ritual.
Q What was the Peter Fonda film about a couple in a campervan who come across a satanic ritual in the woods Gilbert Rankin, Kilmarnock A Race With The Devil (1975), which co-starred Warren Oates and Loretta Swit.
As far back as 1982, Robertson attacked Halloween as a "Satanic ritual" and said on the air, "I think we ought to close Halloween down." The attacks continued over the years, and CBN's site includes a special anti-Halloween section.
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Intro, set underground in Morocco 1979, sketches a satanic ritual that ends in grisly death and destruction.
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