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rite of passage

, rite de passage
a ceremony performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes his status, as at puberty and marriage

rite of passage

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rite de passage

the ceremony and RITUAL which may accompany the changes of STATUS that occur in the course of the life cycle, e.g. the MARRIAGE ceremony, or in present-day Britain, 18th-birthday parties. Such ceremonies are a way of drawing attention to changes in status and social identity; they are also a way of managing the tensions such changes may involve, e.g. the amalgamation of two families. An alternative term for such ritual is status passage. See also LIMINALITY, RITUAL.
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(44) The international strait status was the result of a need for a navigational-friendly right of passage through these narrow waterways.
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According to some experts, the skeletons are evidence of the ancient practice of skull binding, a ritual performed on Mesoamerican youth as a right of passage into adulthood.
To also threaten the right of passage is not what happened when the Blair/Gaddafi arrangement allowed the killer of WPC Yvonne Fletcher to exit the Libyan Embassy.
Sailing solo round the world should be treated as a stern test of adult skill, strength and courage, not as a right of passage.
It's almost like a right of passage that you have to figure out some way to be better, work smarter, exercise more, volunteer more, lose weight and the list goes on.
"I think it's almost a right of passage for some stars to do it.
The Convention of Constantinople, signed in 1888, guarantees the right of passage through the canal for all seagoing vessels, military or civilian, at all times.
Even Turkey agreed to give the right of passage for a short portion of South Stream through its exclusive economic zone in the Black Sea.
I came to learn at the end of the evening that this is a typical right of passage for students who have just completed their Tawjihi exams minus the ritual book-burning of course,.
It was almost a right of passage. The first real sense of liberation and freedom most kids get is staying up at Hogmanay."
The next Name on the Tory list, Chris Smart, is equally aggrieved that his party elders have denied him the right of passage.