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(n.) The act of performing divine or solemn service, as established by law, precept, or custom; a formal act of religion or other solemn duty; a solemn observance; a ceremony; as, the rites of freemasonry.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Rite'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/r/rite.html. 1828.