Definitions for: Initiation


[n] an act that sets in motion some course of events
[n] the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
[n] wisdom as evidenced by the possession of knowledge; "his knowledgeability impressed me"; "his dullness was due to lack of initiation"
[n] a formal entry into a position or office; "his initiation into the club"; "he was ordered to report for induction into the army"



Webster (1913) Definition: In*i`ti*a"tion, n. [L. initiatio: cf. F.
initiation.]
1. The act of initiating, or the process of being initiated
or introduced; as, initiation into a society, into
business, literature, etc. ``The initiation of coursers of
events.'' --Pope.

2. The form or ceremony by which a person is introduced into
any society; mode of entrance into an organized body;
especially, the rite of admission into a secret society or
order.

Silence is the first thing that is taught us at our
initiation into sacred mysteries. --Broome.

Synonyms: creation, foundation, founding, induction, induction, innovation, installation, instauration, institution, knowledgeability, knowledgeableness, origination, trigger

See Also: bar mitzvah, bas mitzvah, bat mitzvah, bath mitzvah, beginning, causation, causing, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, commencement, coronation, enthronement, enthronisation, enthronization, fomentation, inaugural, inauguration, instigation, investiture, observance, start, wisdom, wiseness

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