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rite (raɪt Pronunciation for rite



  1. a formal act or procedure prescribed or customary in religious ceremonies   ⇒ fertility rites, the rite of baptism
  2. a particular body of such acts or procedures, esp of a particular Christian Church   ⇒ the Latin rite
  3. a Christian Church   ⇒ the Greek rite

Word Origin

C14: from Latin rītus religious ceremony

Translations for 'rite'

  • British English: rite A rite is a traditional ceremony that is carried out by a particular group or within a particular society. NOUNMost traditional societies have transition rites at puberty.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: rito
  • Chinese: 传统仪式传傳统統仪儀式
  • European Spanish: rito
  • French: rite
  • German: Ritus
  • Italian: rito
  • Japanese: 儀式
  • Korean: 의식
  • Portuguese: rito
  • Spanish: rito

Example Sentences Including 'rite'

For example, in a rite of Thor, do the hammer to the four quarters.
Cooper, Jason D Using the Runes
I see it as an aspect of the ministry of healing, and the pastoral after-care is as important as the rite itself.
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths
LAWS introduced in Britain this week have dealt a serious blow to an Australian rite of passage.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2005)
Learning it is virtually a rite of initiation for aspiring physicists.
New Scientist (1999)
My via ferrata rite of passage takes place on a perfect summer's day, the rising sun offering a convenient excuse for my clammy palms.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
NEW laws introduced in the UK this week have dealt a serious blow to an Australian rite of passage for young people.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2005)
Now he looked like he was on a rite of passage, his first solo task.
Dexter Petley WHITE LIES (2003)
On Good Friday, the Royal Choral Society lights up the newly refurbished Royal Albert Hall with its annual Handel rite of spring.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
They had to perform the cleansing rite on the bodies or bind them so they couldn't be used to house spirits brought from Death.


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