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observance
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
conformity with law or custom or practice

or:

taking part in a ritual — such as celebrating a holiday
  • He was certainly a happy fellow at this time: to be seven-and-twenty, without any fixed vices, with a generous resolution that his action should be beneficent, and with ideas in his brain that made life interesting quite apart from the cultus of horseflesh and other mystic rites of costly observance, which the eight hundred pounds left him after buying his practice would certainly not have gone far in paying for.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (26% in)

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