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ceremony (1 common Eliz. use; 2 peculiar to S.)
1. external accessory or symbol of state Meas. II. ii. 59 “No ceremony that to great ones 'longs, Not the king's crown,” &c., H5 IV. i. 110 “his” [the king's] “ceremonies laid by”; applied to festal ornaments Cæs. I. i. 69 “Disrobe the images If you do find them deck'd with ceremonies.”
2. portent, omen Cæs. II. i. 197 “dreams, and ceremonies,” II. ii. 13.
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