Rite
Rite Rite, n. [L. ritus; cf. Skr. r[=i]ti a stream, a running, way, manner, ri to flow: cf. F. rit, rite. CF. {Rivulet}.] The act of performing divine or solemn service, as established by law, precept, or custom; a formal act of religion or other solemn duty; a solemn observance; a ceremony; as, the rites of freemasonry. [1913 Webster]

He looked with indifference on rites, names, and forms of ecclesiastical polity. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Form; ceremony; observance; ordinance. [1913 Webster]


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  • rite — [ rit ] n. m. • 1535; rit « usage, coutume » v. 1395; lat. ritus REM. La graphie rit est encore utilisée en liturgie. 1 ♦ Ensemble des cérémonies du culte en usage dans une communauté religieuse; organisation traditionnelle de ces cérémonies. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • rite — early 14c., from L. ritus religious observance or ceremony, custom, usage, perhaps from PIE root *re(i) to count, number (Cf. Gk. arithmos number, O.E. rim number; see READ (Cf. read)). Rite of passage (1909) is translated from Fr. rite de… …   Etymology dictionary

  • rite — ► NOUN 1) a religious or other solemn ceremony or act. 2) a body of customary observances characteristic of a Church or a part of it. ● rite of passage Cf. ↑rite of passage ORIGIN Latin ritus (religious) usage …   English terms dictionary

  • rite — [rīt] n. [ME < L ritus < IE * rēi , var. of base * ar , to join, fit > ART1, READ1, RATE1, ARITHMETIC] 1. a ceremonial or formal, solemn act, observance, or procedure in accordance with prescribed rule or custom, as in religious use …   English World dictionary

  • rite — [raıt] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: ritus] 1.) a ceremony that is always performed in the same way, usually for religious purposes →↑ritual ▪ funeral rites ▪ ancient fertility rites ▪ These traditional rites are performed only by the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rite — [ raıt ] noun count a traditional ceremony, especially a religious one: funeral rites perform a rite: The traditional rites of homage to the emperor were performed. => LAST RITES …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rite — rȉte ž mn [i]i[/i] zb. <N rȉta rij.> DEFINICIJA loša ili vrlo trošna odjeća [nositi/obući rite]; dronjci, otrčine, štrace …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Rite — (lat.), 1) nach feierlichem Religionsgebrauch; 2) förmlich, gehörig, gebührend; 3) der angenommenen Ordnung zu Folge, in herkömmlicher Weise …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Rite — (lat.), in gebührender, förmlicher Weise …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Rite — (lat.), förmlich, in herkömmlicher Weise …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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