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rītus , ūs (
I.gen. rituis, Varr. ap. Non. 494, 30; abl. rite nefasto, Stat. Th. 11, 285; v. rite), m. etym. unknown, orig. belonging to relig. lang.
II. Transf., in gen., a custom, usage, manner, mode, way: “ritus, mos vel consuetudo,Fest. p. 273 Müll.; cf. id. p. 289 ib.
a. Usually in abl. sing. and with a foll. gen., after the usage, wont, manner, or fashion of any thing.
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