ceremonial vs ceremonious

ceremonial ceremonious


  • 1) A ceremony, or series of ceremonies, prescribed by ritual.
  • 2) A ceremony or rite.
  • 3) A set of ceremonies prescribed for an occasion; a ritual.
  • 4) The order for rites and forms in the Roman Catholic church, or the book containing the rules prescribed to be observed on solemn occasions.
  • 5) A system of rules and ceremonies, enjoined by law, or established by custom, in religious worship, social intercourse, or the courts of princes; outward form.
  • 6) Specifically The order for rites and forms in the Roman Catholic Church, or the book containing the rules prescribed to be observed on solemn occasions.
  • 7) A system of rites or ceremonies enjoined by law or established by custom, as in religious worship, social intercourse, etc.; rites, formalities, or requirements of etiquette, to be observed on any special occasion.
  • 8) A prehistoric stone implement-supposed to have been used for ceremonial purposes.
  • 9) Of, relating to, or used in a ceremony; ritual or formal.
  • 10) Of, appropriate to, or characterized by ceremony; formal or ritual.
  • 11) Involved or used in ceremonies.
  • 12) Observant of forms; ceremonious. [In this sense ceremonious is now preferred.]
  • 13) Relating to ceremony, or external rite; ritual; according to the forms of established rites.
  • 14) marked by pomp or ceremony or formality
  • 15) Observant of forms; precise in manners; formal: as, “the dull, ceremonial track,”
  • 16) Synonyms Ceremonious, Formal, etc. See ceremonious.
  • 17) Relating to ceremonies or external forms or rites: ritual; pertaining to or consisting in the observance of set forms or formalities.
  • 18) Specifically Pertaining to the forms and rites of the Jewish religion: as, the ceremonial law, as distinguished from the moral law.


  • 1) Fond of ceremony, ritual or strict etiquette; punctilious
  • 2) Characterized by rigid formality
  • 3) Strictly observant of or devoted to ceremony, ritual, or etiquette; punctilious.
  • 4) In accord with prescribed or customary usage; rigidly formal.
  • 5) Characterized by ceremony.
  • 6) According to prescribed or customary rules and forms; devoted to forms and ceremonies; formally respectful; punctilious.
  • 7) Consisting of outward forms and rites; ceremonial. [In this sense ceremonial is now preferred.]
  • 8) Synonyms Ceremonious, Ceremonial, Formal. Ceremonious, full of ceremony, fond of ceremony; ceremonial, consisting in or having the nature of ceremony, or bearing upon ceremonies: as, ceremonious manners, persons; ceremonial law, rites, uncleanness. Formal differs from ceremonious in that a formal person tries too hard to conform to rule in his whole bearing as well as in his bearing toward others, while a ceremonious person magnifies too much the conventional rules of social intercourse; thus both are opposed to natural, formal to easy, and ceremonious to hearty or friendly.
  • 9) According to prescribed or customary formalities or punctilios; characterized by more elaborate forms of politeness than are commonly used between intimate acquaintances; formal in manner or method: as, ceremonious phrases.
  • 10) Observant of conventional forms; fond of using ceremony; punctilious as to outward observances and ceremonies.
  • 11) Consisting of or relating to outward forms and rites; conformable to prescribed ceremony.
  • 12) Full of ceremony or formality; marked by solemnity of manner or method.


  • 1) The only element missing, he often reflected, was a floating orchestra and chorus on a ceremonial barge above the reef.
  • 2) Whatever the reason, the ceremonial uniforms were gorgeous, and Tristan wore his with the confidence of one born to show-off.
  • 3) The Charley Tsosie family would be busy, taking ritual sweat baths and preparing for their curing ceremonial.
  • 4) These and other scenes of Investitures, State Openings of Parliament, proceedings of Justices, Troopings of the Colour and the like come readily to mind when the word ceremonial is mentioned, and quite rightly.
  • 5) We distinguish betwixt what we call the ceremonial or the political law of the Jews, and the moral law.
  • 6) I also do not dress in ceremonial Yucatecan huipiles, or beaded leather fringed suits, cheongsams, grass skirts or fireman outfits.
  • 7) ‘By the seventeenth century, this indigenous elite did not always dress like Spaniards, certainly not on public ceremonial occasions.’
  • 8) ‘These are ceremonial occasions, and each person who helps the family is given a portion of the pig.’
  • 9) ‘Why do modern armies and soldiers carry swords on ceremonial occasions?’
  • 10) ‘Some holidays and ceremonial occasions are associated with certain kinds of food.’
  • 11) ‘The grand entrance is still used by councillors on ceremonial occasions.’
  • 12) ‘Therefore, a distinction between formal palace-centered ceremonial processions and feasting must be preserved.’
  • 13) ‘When we worship in the spirit, we are opposed to religious rituals and ceremonial posturing, and to the showiness of the symbols of office, and external worship.’
  • 14) ‘Another traditional instrument still used in ritual and ceremonial events is the bullroarer, a thin piece of wood suspended from a string and swung in a circle.’
  • 15) ‘In the section devoted to each stage, one can view videotapes of relevant religious rituals and ceremonial objects from diverse traditions.’
  • 16) ‘An elaborate calendrical system was evolved, not least to identify appropriate days for holding ritual and ceremonial events.’
  • 17) ‘Animal sacrifice accompanies almost every ritual and ceremonial event in Nepali life.’
  • 18) ‘He is the connective tissue between government and tribal authority, and the government has given him a ceremonial uniform appropriate to his status.’
  • 19) ‘The announcement came during a day of ceremonial tribute to Mr Giuliani for his role in coordinating the immediate response and rallying New York's morale in the aftermath of the disaster.’
  • 20) ‘A team of archaeologists from Sheffield University have revealed significant new insights into the role of Stonehenge after discovering a prehistoric ceremonial road.’
  • 21) ‘The most visible signs are not houses or fields, but ceremonial monuments: a double row of timber posts, a ditched and banked enclosure in horseshoe plan and a ring ditch.’
  • 22) ‘The Washinton Post reports that with a letter from Bush and a ceremonial opening of the US Liaison Office in Tripoli, the US has opened its arms to the former pariah.’
  • 23) ‘Women play important roles in ceremonial and political life in many Melanesian societies.’
  • 24) ‘Uncomfortable (another unusual sensation), I adjust my position on the ceremonial throne.’
  • 25) ‘Women exerted political influence by participating in community council meetings, and they had significant roles in Cherokee ceremonial life.’
  • 26) ‘Yet there is a great difference both in method and in results between the traditional approaches to ceremonial represented in the study of ancient Greece and those being developed in more recent fields.’
  • 27) ‘Whilst there was merit in the idea, John Blunt worried that the Lord Mayor would become simply a figurehead, reducing the position to a purely ceremonial role.’
  • 28) ‘But the result of reducing the Queen's representative to a purely ceremonial role has been to concentrate power in the Prime Minister's office.’
  • 29) ‘The powers of the president largely a ceremonial post will be shared by the prime minister and the speaker of the lower chamber of parliament until a successor can be found.’
  • 30) ‘By the end of his first day, AVM Shepherd was impressed with what he saw and those he spoke to, and was more than happy to take on a ceremonial role and officially open the bar for the enjoyment of his people.’
  • 31) ‘Even though the Queen is the titular head of the government, her role is more ceremonial than substantive.’
  • 32) ‘For five years, until August 2000 when the pair had a falling-out, she served as prime minister, a largely ceremonial post, under Kumaratunga.’
  • 33) ‘This is, of course, a discretion a Bulgarian President is able to exercise, given that constitutionally the office is not purely limited to a ceremonial role.’
  • 34) ‘Mr Mallon was attending the council's annual meeting where another former police officer, Peter Porley, was elected to the ceremonial post of chairman.’
  • 35) ‘Your analogy with the Queen is bizarre - her role is purely ceremonial.’
  • 36) ‘He was a largely ceremonial figure with little power.’
  • 37) ‘In today's world, all that's really left of the Queen's power is ceremonial and symbolic in nature.’
  • 38) ‘Under exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the prime minister's position was largely ceremonial.’
  • 39) ‘While it's highly visible, the new position is largely ceremonial.’
  • 40) ‘And, just as with you and your royalty, our ceremonial positions screen from the uninitiated gaze the empty throne.’
  • 41) ‘Although a largely ceremonial position, some abuse victims saw it as a slap in the face.’
  • 42) ‘The unicity is run by Johannesburg's first-ever executive mayor - previously the mayor was a largely ceremonial position.’
  • 43) ‘The Viceroyalty evolved into a largely ceremonial position.’
  • 44) ‘But he is a traditionalist and is said to have opposed the constitutional changes which reduced the role of the monarch to that of a ceremonial head of state.’
  • 45) ‘Yet post Deane, he also wanted the role downgraded to a merely ceremonial one.’
  • 46) ‘Though we know little about early Christian worship, it is safe to assume that these common Eucharistic meals were celebrated with little ceremonial.’
  • 47) ‘After a sumptuous feast in the morning, men and children go to the riverside and with due ceremonial worship offer a cocoasut to the God of water, Varuna.’
  • 48) ‘With due ceremonial the last stone of the Ninetieth course was landed on the Rock by the Hedderwick praam-boat on the 30th.’
  • 49) ‘Boortsag or borts'k, the small cakes made of flour, water and yeast and fried in oil, are still made, but primarily for use at various ceremonials and rites.’
  • 50) ‘Over the decades, as the local Galata community dwindled, Neve Shalom became a locus for ceremonials - during Rosh Hashanah and at bar mitzvahs, weddings, funerals and the like.’
  • 51) ‘In addition to these bilingual materials, traders developed vocabularies, missionaries prepared translations of the Bible and prayers, and anthropologists recorded traditional Navajo ceremonials and songs.’
  • 52) ‘The language associated with the traditional storytelling and ceremonials of the tribe is less accessible to students who have not had instruction from their grandparents.’
  • 53) ‘To begin with, the ceremonials were almost festive in style and akin to the traditional yearly State Opening of Parliament - with bands playing confident, up-beat airs.’
  • 54) ‘The actual counting process was hugely important because its ritual and its ceremonials were crafted out of the defining nature of what was being undertaken, the transference of power from people to politician.’
  • 55) ‘While communities have not necessarily remained distinctive, neither have their cultural institutions and ceremonials always been erased by the impact of modernity, the planet-wide homogeneity of globalisation.’
  • 56) ‘And it is hard to see why the Royal Company of Archers seem quite so determined to keep the media - and particularly the television cameras - away from their ceremonials.’
  • 57) ‘With her, he sealed himself away in palatial residences, letting the people see him mainly through stagey televised ceremonials.’
  • 58) ‘The Sun Dance, also known as the Offerings Lodge ceremonial, is one of the seven sacred ceremonials of the Sioux and is a ceremonial for which they have come to be widely known.’
  • 59) ‘Ritual clowns are also a part of some ceremonials.’
  • 60) ‘The ceremonials were completed with a fly-past by a WWII Bristol Blenheim bomber, a Spitfire and a Mustang, the latter two representing the RAF and Royal Canadian Air Force fighters which flew over the island on the day of its liberation.’
  • 61) ‘For an unfathomable reason, I kept thinking of Balanchine's Agon as the dancers swept through their athletic ceremonial.’
  • 62) ‘The agony experienced by their loved ones in trying to locate their remains lends, in Neil Hanson's prose, the dark ceremonial of Remembrance Sunday an almost unbearable poignancy.’
  • 63) ‘Perhaps the virginity of the Grail hero, so stressed by late Christian redactors, may be a reminiscence of the virgin state of the initiate in the pagan ceremonial.’
  • 64) ‘Forgive me master, but it's time for your little ceremonial.’
  • 65) ‘TG4 cameras were allowed to film rarely witnessed rituals and a unique peace ceremonial for the 30-minute documentary.’
  • 66) ‘This cheese, served as a nibble, was stale, dry and tough enough to make one wonder if it was left over from some opening night ceremonial.’
  • 67) ‘The man widely dubbed the New Blair faced the original Blair yesterday at Westminster's weekly feast and ceremonial.’


  • 1) Wilfred set Dingo's box down with ceremonious dignity and untaped one end.
  • 2) Every married woman must perform here certain ceremonious ablutions at regular intervals.
  • 3) Another story featured Alexandra, Princess of Wales, noting that when she and the royal trunks failed to make connections on the occasion of a certain ceremonious dinner at a brilliant English house-party, the Princess, too gracious to spoil her hostess’ plans, resourcefully directed her maid to cut off the skirt of her riding habit.
  • 4) Of course, people would be free to engage in 'ceremonious' marriage; such an event, however, would have no legal (enforceable in court) consequences.
  • 5) During service, Master Simon stood up in the pew, and repeated the responses very audibly; evincing that kind of ceremonious devotion punctually observed by a gentleman of the old school, and
  • 6) There was as yet no evidence of malice on the part of its crew: only a kind of ceremonious irreverence.
  • 7) IT was lovely, thought Mrs. Miniver, nodding good-bye to the flower-woman and carrying her big sheaf of chrysanthemums down the street with a kind of ceremonious joy, as though it were a cornucopia; it was lovely, this settling down again, this tidying away of the summer into its box, this taking up of the thread of one's life where the holidays (irrelevant interlude) had made one drop it.
  • 8) I have found that almost any simple phrase of music or words repeated slowly and with a kind of ceremonious attention, enthralls a year-old child.
  • 9) I have found that any simple statement about a familiar object or act told (or sung) with a kind of ceremonious attention and with an obvious and simple rhythm, enthralls a two-year-old.
  • 10) ‘Manning's prime ambition, on the other hand, is to occupy the Red House, and behind the galvanised paling surrounding the south of the Red House, workmen are quietly and feverishly preparing for his ceremonious entrance.’
  • 11) ‘Accompanied by a local band and scores of poorly clad children of the nearby slums, the students were given a ceremonious welcome at the Telugu High School in Anjeneyar Nagar.’
  • 12) ‘After a few ceremonious waves of his arm the chief, with expert precision, sticks the needle into my bicep, a few inches from my armpit.’
  • 13) ‘It's not the most ceremonious way to launch the band's discography, perhaps, but it's a telling indicator that, after just a few live appearances, controller.controller have got people worked up.’
  • 14) ‘In his view, the cook should create the menu, order supplies, provide the artistic inspiration necessary for the great set-pieces of ceremonious dinners, and oversee the cooking.’
  • 15) ‘At least 6000 citizens had to ‘vote’ for an ostracism to be valid, and all the biggest political fish risked being fried in this ceremonious way.’
  • 16) ‘The equestrian idol is led up to a church, brought up to the altar and blessed before it begins the ceremonious procession through the Great Entrance of the town square.’
  • 17) ‘Despite the ceremonious statements of intent and unanimous decisions in Prague, the Atlantic Alliance is drifting apart.’
  • 18) ‘From the 13th century onward, tournaments became progressively less dangerous and more ceremonious.’
  • 19) ‘Ironically, before giving the speech, he sings, as a ceremonious prelude to the lynching, ‘O Death,’ a song made popular (in addition to being sung here) by bluegrass superstar Ralph Stanley.’
  • 20) ‘As MacNeice was to observe in 1941, ‘A Prayer for my Daughter’ articulates Yeats's nostalgia for a more ceremonious and structured past.’
  • 21) ‘‘Ah, yes,’ replied Kierkegaard, unperturbed, stepping back with a ceremonious sweep of his arm, ‘I, however, shall.’’
  • 22) ‘Even though Lance may hoist a ceremonious champagne toast while cruising to victory on the Tour's last day, cyclists never should ride under the influence of alcohol.’
  • 23) ‘There, the real weapons and armor of the Great Feihong hung - not the ceremonious and decorative ones in the Hall, although they too could be wielded and worn.’
  • 24) ‘Dr. Westbank offered the operating scissors to Mac to sever the umbilical cord, a ceremonious thing that Mac was completely unaware of, but he did it anyway.’
  • 25) ‘The ceremonious opening of prizes is repeatedly replayed in our art class, as everyone breathtakingly awaits the signs of pay dirt in magical containers.’
  • 26) ‘The funeral of Cataridge had been brief, but ceremonious.’
  • 27) ‘After I had given my consent to marriage the ceremony had become less ceremonious, tables were pushed back to the walls and food was set out as a buffet.’
  • 28) ‘The trembling, querulous voice should have been enough to shatter the ceremonious moment, but, somehow, it was not.’
  • 29) ‘At the end of the aisle Chief Marcett waited, dressed in ceremonious white robes and shelled necklaces.’
  • 30) ‘This is the sense of the word most relevant to our endeavor; this usage, which has some currency, stands in contrast to other common meanings such as being rigid, ceremonious, solemn, customary or not casual.’
  • 31) ‘In addition to More's ceremonious demeanor and courtly attire, Sir John More wears his red robes of office as Judge of the King's Bench, hardly the right outfit for a visit with his grandchildren, one would think.’
  • 32) ‘Koreans are generally courteous to the extent of being ceremonious when they interact with social superiors but can be very outgoing and friendly among friends and acquaintances of equal social status.’
  • 33) ‘While Jacques Chirac hugged the other leaders present at the gathering, to British Prime Minister Tony Blair he reportedly managed only a ceremonious handshake.’
  • 34) ‘Unlike the comparatively ceremonious animated cartoons, early Schulz is giddy with unimportance.’

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