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Definitionconformity with law or custom or practice
taking part in a ritual — such as celebrating a holiday
- It was the place whence proclamations were wont to be made, amidst an assemblage of the magistracy, with all the ceremonial that attended such public observances in those days.Chapter 3 -- The Recognition (43% in)
- Nor would it have been impracticable, in the observance of majestic ceremonies, to combine mirthful recreation with solemnity, and give, as it were, a grotesque and brilliant embroidery to the great robe of state, which a nation, at such festivals, puts on.Chapter 21 -- The New England Holiday (47% in)
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