ceremonial vs ceremonious : Common Errors in English

About ceremonial vs ceremonious

“Ceremonial” and “ceremonious” are often considered synonyms, and can indeed be used interchangeably in many contexts. But there are some cases in which one is better than the other.If you are talking about the performance of a ceremony, the word you will usually want is “ceremonial” as in “ceremonial offering,” “ceremonial garb,” or “ceremonial dance.” Sikhs traditionally wear ceremonial daggers.“Ceremonious” is mostly used to describe formal behavior which often has little or no connection with a literal ceremony: “ceremonious manners,” “ceremonious welcome,” or “ceremonious speech.”

ceremonial Meaning(s)

  • (n) a formal event performed on a special occasion
  • (s) marked by pomp or ceremony or formality

ceremonious Meaning(s)

  • (a) characterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display
  • (s) rigidly formal or bound by convention

ceremonial in News

  1. MRMC HQ Company CoR

    Sgt. 1st Class Charles Warren accepts the ceremonial sword from Capt. Kathryn Repucci, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Headquarters Company commander, during a Change of Responsibility ceremony at Fort Detrick, Md. June 12. Warren took over as Non-commissioned Officer-in-Charge of MRMC HQ Company, assuming the role from outgoing NCO Sgt. 1st Class Amadeo Fuentes (right).
    on June 14, 2013 Source: DCMilitary.com

  2. Aspire's startup academy sends off its first graduates

    Six graduates took their ceremonial walk as the first graduating class of Aspire Vanguard College Preparatory Academy, requiring barely one chorus of "Pomp & Circumstance" to enter the hall and take their single row of seats.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Modesto Bee

  3. Kansas City boy's ceremonial first pitch delivered 1,800 miles away

    A 13-year-old Kansas City boy battling an extremely rare blood disorder will live out his dreams by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Major League Baseball game 1,800 miles away.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: FOX 12 Oregon

ceremonious in News

  • Everest Academy Honors Award Winners & Celebrates Graduates

    Everest Academy http://www.everestadvantage.org in Lemont, IL held a ceremonious event that celebrated volunteers, student achievement and awards, and culminated in the graduation exercises of the Class of 2013. Graduate James Beecher of Lemont is honored with the esteemed student award of the year. (PRWeb June 18, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6 ...
    on June 18, 2013 Source: PRWeb

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