Rite n. 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.
He looked with indifference on rites, names, and forms of ecclesiastical polity. --Macaulay.
Syn: -- Form; ceremony; observance; ordinance.
n 1: an established ceremony prescribed by a religion; "the rite
of baptism" [syn: religious rite]
2: any customary observance or practice [syn: ritual]