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a student of or authority on ritual practices or religious rites.
a person who practices or advocates observance of ritual, as in religious services.
(initial capital letter) Anglican Church.

a person who supports High Church principles.
a supporter of the Oxford movement.

Historical Examples

What an answer is here to the monk, the ascetic, and the ritualist!
The Assembly of God C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh

Fortune had handed over the parish of Harden to a ritualist vicar.
Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward

Her carefully trained imagination was her religion, and in her own way she was a ritualist.
The Best Short Stories of 1920 Various

“Never heard of a ritualist,” thought Jack, with a feeling of gladness.
The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant

The ritualist is never a prophet; and out of such a formal cult no words of inspiration are apt to flow.
Who Wrote the Bible? Washington Gladden

But the heart-stricken ritualist had swarmed up the ladder and was gone.
Punchinello, Vol. II., Issue 31, October 29, 1870 Various

You’ll find a red-hot ritualist would give up his arms and legs for his carryings-on.
A Lost Cause Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

You are no doubt a ritualist, and your son has no doubt been educated in the same school.
The Altar Steps Compton MacKenzie

The ritualist would have knelt as straight as an arrow and without quivering once all through.
The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. II (of 2) Eliza Lynn Linton

He was neither a puritan, like the Essenes, nor a ritualist, like the Pharisees.
The Unseen World and Other Essays John Fiske


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