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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

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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The cat mummies in this exhibition date to the Ptolemic period, and show how felines were embalmed ritually in a lengthy process using salt and various resins.
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Concerning the fight against poverty, the European Council should ritually reiterate that "active inclusion policies should involve integration into the work market, adequate income support and accessible and efficient quality social services".
In addition to the mikveh, many stone utensils were found - popularly used because they could not become ritually defiled, according to Jewish Law.
Regional education boss Robert Voorhamme of the Flemish Socialist Party defends the move, arguing that ritually slaughtered meat is indistinguishable in taste and nutrition and that the policy will help immigrant children assimilate.
Ritually adding or changing a name is said to breathe new possibilities into one's life.
We are told the ritually obsessed temple crowd wishes to remain "pure" outside the Gentile space during the Passover--an indication of their hypocrisy.
The people are invited to be washed ritually and cleansed for this by John.