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 for ceremonious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ceremonious \Cer`e*mo"ni*ous\, a. [Cf. F. c['e]r['e]monieux, L.
     Caerimoniosus.]
     1. Consisting of outward forms and rites; ceremonial.
  
     Note: [In this sense ceremonial is now preferred.]
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                 The ceremonious part of His worship. --South.
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     2. According to prescribed or customary rules and forms;
        devoted to forms and ceremonies; formally respectful;
        punctilious. "Ceremonious phrases." --Addison.
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              Too ceremonious and traditional.      --Shak.
  
     Syn: Formal; precise; exact. See Formal.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ceremonious
      adj 1: characterized by pomp and ceremony and stately display
             [syn: pompous, ceremonious]
      2: rigidly formal or bound by convention; "their ceremonious
         greetings did not seem heartfelt" [syn: ceremonious,
         conventional]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  54 Moby Thesaurus words for "ceremonious":
     High-Church, attentive, baptismal, cap in hand, careful,
     ceremonial, chivalric, chivalrous, civil, conventional, correct,
     courteous, courtly, decorous, deferential, dignified, dutiful,
     eucharistic, formal, formular, formulary, gallant, grandiose,
     hieratic, honorific, imposing, impressive, knightly, liturgic,
     liturgistic, majestic, moving, old-fashioned, old-world, paschal,
     polite, pompous, proper, punctilious, regardful, respectful,
     ritual, ritualistic, sacerdotal, sacramental, sacramentarian,
     seemly, solemn, starchy, stately, stiff, striking, stuffy,
     well-mannered
  
  

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