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ritual, adjective

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EnglishShow more Special sense of general English ritual pertaining to rites.
Always attributive, usually in the special collocations ritual killing or ritual murder: a murder carried out for the purpose of obtaining body parts to be used in the making of muti (sense 2 a); diretlo sense a; medicine murder, see medicine sense 2; muti killing or muti murder, see muti sense 5; ritual killer or ritual murderer: one who perpetrates such a murder; muti killer or muti murderer, see muti sense 5.
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‘Ritual murder’ is sometimes considered a misnomer, since the preparation of muti made from human parts may or may not involve the performance of rites.
1949 J. Mockford Golden Land 89Of the nineteen cases of ritual murder which the police have taken to court since 1942, headmen or chiefs of one grade or another have been involved in every case but one.
1990 J. Evans in A. Goldstuck Rabbit in Thorn Tree 61Children and old people are usually the victims of ritual murders because they are the most vulnerable and accessible.
a murder carried out for the purpose of obtaining body parts to be used in the making of muti (sense 2 a); diretloa; medicine murder, see medicine2; muti killing or muti murder, see muti5; ritual killer or ritual murderer: one who perpetrates such a murder; muti killer or muti murderer, see muti5.

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