• WordNet 3.6
    • n inauguration the act of starting a new operation or practice "he opposed the inauguration of fluoridation","the startup of the new factory was delayed by strikes"
    • n inauguration the ceremonial induction into a position "the new president obviously enjoyed his inauguration"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: George Washington had to borrow money to go to his own inauguration
    • Inauguration The act of inuagurating, or inducting into office with solemnity; investiture by appropriate ceremonies. "At his regal inauguration , his old father resigned the kingdom to him."
    • Inauguration The formal beginning or initiation of any movement, course of action, etc.; as, the inauguration of a new system, a new condition, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Franklin Pierce is the only President to have said "I promise" instead of "I swear at his Inauguration. He did it for religious reasons.
    • n inauguration The act of inaugurating or inducting into office with solemnity; ceremonial investiture with office.
    • n inauguration The act of solemnly or formally introducing or setting in motion anything of importance or dignity; a definite beginning or initiation: as, the inauguration of a new era or a new system.
    • n inauguration A ceremonial or formal introduction or opening, as of something intended for public use: as, the inauguration of a monument or an exhibition. [Among the ancient Romans the act of inauguration (not expressed by inauguratio, but by a circumlocution with the verb) consisted in the consultation of the auspices by the augurs, and sometimes by other priests, to ascertain the will of the gods with reference to the induction of men into office or to any proposed public measure or proceeding. If the signs were deemed favorable, the declaration of that fact completed the inauguration.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1901, Theodore Roosevelt became the only U.S. President in history to deliver his inaugural address without using the word “I”. For the record, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower said “I” only once during their speeches.
    • ns Inauguration act of inaugurating
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inauguratio, a beginning: cf. F. inauguration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inaugurāre, -ātum.


In literature:

I have decided to stay until Lincoln's inauguration.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Against the one room cabin we have inaugurated a vigorous crusade.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
This January 1 of the year 1871 inaugurates a terrible era of bloody revenge.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
I was employed by him when he inaugurated his popular twenty-five-cent concerts.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
The great General Staff in Washington inaugurates the problems to be solved (strategy), and details commanders (tacticians) to solve them.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
He inaugurated a policy of kindness and justice toward the Indians, and soon changed their enmity to sincere friendship.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
The entries are all very clearly written, from the date of the first donation in 1608, the year of inauguration, to 1737.
"Three Centuries of a City Library an Historical and Descriptive Account of the Norwich Public Library Established in 1608 and the present Public Library opened in 1857" by George A. Stephen
This was followed by an invitation to attend the ceremony of his inauguration, which took place on the 4th of March, 1853.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
He therefore inaugurated a "bull" movement on gold.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis

In poetry:

Hurrah for McKinley!
Who said he'd have no wine,
And those at the inaugural
To drink had to decline,
Temperance rally, etc.
"Hurrah for McKinley!" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Then come with us and view the train;
The depot consecrate;
Where God's voice in the cataract speaks,
Rum's reign inaugurate!
"Invitation To The Clergy" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
The landscape now reveals a change;
A stair--that twinèd elm-boughs hold
Enclosed 'mid hedges mystic, strange--
Inaugurates a green and gold
Vision of gardens, range on range.
"The Gardens" by Emile Verhaeren
I too, following many, and follow'd by many, inaugurate a Religion—I
descend into the arena;
(It may be I am destin'd to utter the loudest cries there, the
winner's pealing shouts;
Who knows? they may rise from me yet, and soar above every thing.)
"Starting From Paumanok" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, a 63-year-old sociologist, was inaugurated as Brazil's President today, promising to give all his energy to banishing inflation from Latin America's largest nation.
Organizers of the first Brazos Valley Fair say the inaugural event was a success.
The inaugural Brazos Valley Fair and Expo opens at 4 pm Thursday at the Brazos County Expo Center at 5827 Leonard Road in Bryan.
Deep Ellum Brewing Co.'s inaugural tour in January.
John Hickenlooper, left, is joined on stage by four of his predecessors during a brief program at his inaugural dinner at the Fillmore Auditorium.
Harvey Weinstein, Donald Sutherland and Michael Madsen to Attend Inaugural Champs-Elysees Film Festival.
Arts Despite Chatty Crowds, Inaugural RAW Event is a Success.
HUNDREDS of books have been written about the Titanic and why the opulent liner sank in 1912 on her inaugural voyage, taking some 1,500 lives in the worst maritime disaster of the day.
Congressional Super Committee member Rep Dave Camp (R-MI) makes an opening statement as the panel holds its inaugural meeting to search for.
But in his one role on Inauguration Day -- administering the oath of office to Obama.
President Obama's most ardent supporters seemed to already be making plans for a second inaugural.
About a week before the first of the presidential debates, some of President Obama's most ardent supporters seemed to already be making plans for a second inaugural.
Whoever wins the election will have two months to write an inaugural address .
Warnings from Obama's inaugural address .
Hollande proposes 'new pact' for Europe in inaugural address .

In science:

He was supposed to inaugurate the 1975 Varenna Summer School directed to these sub jects if he had not died a few weeks earlier.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
In January 1882, Edison inaugurated the first electric power station of London, at the Holborn Viaduct.
Simple circuit theory and the solution of two electricity problems from the Victorian Age
That paper meant a real breakthrough in that it inaugurated the history of these space-time tunnels as real scientific ob jects, rather than as science-fiction toys.
Lorentzian wormholes generalizes thermodynamics still further
This work inaugurates a new way of formulating physical (closed) theories.
On the Nature of Reality
This phase also marks the evolutionary decoupling of the stellar photosphere from the burning core, which then inaugurates its more rapid race to collapse.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory