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rite (n.)

early 14c., "formal act or procedure of religious observance performed according to an established manner," from Latin ritus "custom, usage," especially "a religious observance or ceremony" (source also of Spanish, Italian rito), which perhaps is from PIE root *re- "to reason, count," on the notion of "to count; to observe carefully." Rite of passage (1909), marking the end of one phase and the start of another in an individual life, is translated from French rite de passage, coined by French anthropologist Arnold van Gennep (1873-1957).

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Definitions of rite from WordNet

rite (n.)
an established ceremony prescribed by a religion;
the rite of baptism
Synonyms: religious rite
rite (n.)
any customary observance or practice;
Synonyms: ritual
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