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[in-aw-gyuh-rey-shuh n, -guh-] /ɪnˌɔ gyəˈreɪ ʃən, -gə-/
an act or ceremony of inaugurating.
Origin of inauguration
1560-70; < Late Latin inaugurātiōn- (stem of inaugurātiō). See inaugurate, -ion.
Related forms
reinauguration, noun
Can be confused
inaugural, inauguration. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each inauguration Day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer.

  • And each one had marked, as it were, the inauguration of a new phase in her life.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • He has brought before us the incidents and the lessons of the first inauguration of Washington.

    Speeches of Benjamin Harrison Benjamin Harrison
  • The fight for the next nomination began soon after his inauguration.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • In the time that was past there had been so much to look forward to in the day of which this gathering was the inauguration.

    The Hall and the Grange Archibald Marshall
Word Origin and History for inauguration

1560s, from French inauguration "installation, consecration," and directly from Latin inaugurationem (nominative inauguratio) "consecration, installment under good omens," noun of action from past participle stem of inaugurare "take omens from the flight of birds; consecrate or install when such omens are favorable," from in- "on, in" (see in- (2)) + augurare "to act as an augur, predict" (see augur).

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