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cer·e·mo·ny / ˈserəˌmōnē/ • n. (pl. -nies) 1. a formal religious or public occasion, typically one celebrating a particular event or anniversary. ∎  an act or series of acts performed according to a traditional or prescribed form. 2. the ritual observances and procedures performed at grand and formal occasions: the new Queen was proclaimed with due ceremony. ∎  formal polite behavior: he showed them to their table with great ceremony. PHRASES: stand on ceremony insist on the observance of formalities: we don't stand on ceremony in this house. without ceremony without preamble or politeness: he was pushed without ceremony into the bathroom. ORIGIN: late Middle English: from Old French ceremonie or Latin caerimonia ‘religious worship,’ (plural) ‘ritual observances.’

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ceremony, expression of shared feelings and attitudes through more or less formally ordered actions of an essentially symbolic nature performed on appropriate occasions. A ceremony involves stereotyped bodily movements, often in relation to objects possessing symbolic meaning. For example, people bow or genuflect, tip hats, present arms, slaughter cattle, salute flags, and perform a myriad of other actions. Ceremonies express, perpetuate, and transmit elements of the value and sentiment system and aim at preserving such values and sentiments from doubt and opposition; moreover, they intensify the solidarity of the participants. Ceremonies are found in all societies.

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cer·e·mo·ni·al / ˌserəˈmōnēəl/ • adj. 1. relating to or used for formal events of a religious or public nature: a ceremonial Buddhist headpiece. 2. (of a position or role) involving only nominal authority or power. • n. the system of rules and procedures to be observed at a formal or religious occasion: the procedure was conducted with all due ceremonial. ∎  a rite or ceremony. DERIVATIVES: cer·e·mo·ni·al·ism n. cer·e·mo·ni·al·ist n. cer·e·mo·ni·al·ly adv.

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ceremony XIV. — (perh. through (O)F. cérémonie) L. cærimōnia religious worship, (pl.) ritual observances; see -MONY.
So ceremonial XIV. — late L. ceremonious XVI. — F. or late L.

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