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sutulp
Posted: Friday, December 11, 2009 9:05:58 PM
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The question is as in the title, thanks.
Romany
Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2009 12:47:57 AM
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sutula - you need to provide some context here. Adjectives and nouns can be used together for any number of purposes depending on what the writer/speaker is talking about.
doubutsuMother
Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2009 1:34:32 AM
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maybe it is an open ended question.
sutulp
Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2009 3:32:34 AM
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The context for ritual terror is in the following paragraph which is from an article on The New York Times:
But there was no special mystery to it. If Old World Europe still has its great spectacle, it is this annual senior prom, at the end of which the so-called loggionisti, the diehard fans in the rafters who are opera’s original bloggers, rain ritual terror or roses down on the performers.
Romany
Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2009 4:15:49 AM
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OK, so here they are talking about an old custom or ritual.

At the end of the annual proms which are held all over Europe and England, the audience gives its opinion.

Here (in Italy?Venice?) this takes the form of throwing roses onto the stage if the performance has been good.

Whether their disapproval takes the form of boos and hisses or throwing rotten fruit, it would be something to be anticipated with dread by the performers.

Therefore this ritual is one that, each year, the performers look upon with "terror" - the use of the word being a little hyperbolic(exaggerated).
sutulp
Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2009 4:49:05 AM
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thanks. So, ritual terror would be the one that might occur as usual so that the performers can anticipate in advance with fear, though they wish this terror would not fall on them.
Romany
Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2009 9:05:15 AM
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Yep. You got it.
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