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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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Examples from the web for inauguration
  • The weekend of the inauguration is going to be a huge traffic headache.
  • The president began his second term with an inauguration that was his alone in a way the ceremony four years ago was not.
  • Even at his inauguration he came under fire from the guerrillas-literally.
  • Designer fashion took a back seat at the inauguration.
  • Seven years after its inauguration it was well maintained and looked after.
  • The fourth inauguration was conducted without fanfare.
  • Frigid temperatures caused many of the events planned for the second inauguration to be abandoned.
  • Between election and inauguration an ominous disillusion set in.
  • King has always had the ability to go to an inauguration.
  • He walked to his inauguration after eating at his boarding house.
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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