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Ceremony, 1) external form, outward rite: “before all sanctimonious --ies may be ministered,” Tp. IV, 16. “after many --ies done, he calls for wine,” Shr. III, 2, 171. “the people must have their voices, neither will they bate one jot of c.” Cor. II, 2, 145. “leave no c. out,” Caes. I, 2, 11. “Caesar shall have all true rites and lawful --ies,” III, 1, 241. “what c. else?” Hml. V, 1, 246. Fluellen speaks of the “--ies of the wars,” H5 IV, 1, 73. Used of the customary forms of civility: “use a more spacious c. to the noble lords,” All's II, 1, 51. “I am so fraught with curious business that I leave out c.” Wint. IV, 4, 526. “c. was but devised at first to set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes,” Tim. I, 2, 15. “when love begins to sicken and decay, it useth an enforced c.” Caes. IV, 2, 21. “the sauce to meat is c.” Mcb. III, 4, 36. “the appurtenance of welcome is fashion and c.” Hml. II, 2, 389. Used of the external duties of love: “so I, for fear of trust, forget to say the perfect c. of love's rite,” Sonn. 23, 6. in all the accoutrement, complement and c. of it (love) Wiv. IV, 2, 6. -- Applied to the outward forms of state: no c. that to great ones longs, not the king's crown etc. Meas. II, 2, 59. his (the king's) “--ies laid by, in his nakedness he appears but a man,” H5 IV, 1, 109. what have kings, that privates have not too, save c., save general c. 256; cf. H5 IV, 1, 109 H5 IV, 1, 109 H5 IV, 1, 109 H5 IV, 1, 109 H5 IV, 1, 109 “what, no more c.?” Ant. III, 13, 38.
2) any thing or observance held sacred: “to urge the thing held as a c.” Merch. V, 206. “and hast a thing within thee called conscience, with twenty popish tricks and --ies,” Tit. V, 1, 76. Used of festal ornaments hung on Caesar's images: “disrobe the images, if you do find them decked with --ies,” Caes. I, 1, 70 (cf. I, 2, 289). Of signs, prodigies and the like superstitions: “quite from the main opinion he held once of fantasy, of dreams and --ies,” Caes. II, 1, 197. “I never stood on --ies, but now they fright me,” II, 2, 13.*
3) ritual and solemn performance of a sacred act: “to give our hearts united c.” Wiv. IV, 6, 51 (i. e. the solemn celebration of our union or marriage). “not sorting with a nuptial c.” Mids. V, 55. “this contract, whose c. shall seem expedient,” All's II, 3, 185. “all the c. of this compact sealed in my function,” Tw. V, 163. “all's now done, but the c. of bringing back the prisoner,” H8 II, 1, 4. “you saw the c.?” IV, 1, 60.
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