1 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" [syn: startup]
2 the ceremonial induction into a position; "the new president obviously enjoyed his inauguration" [syn: inaugural]
- Rhymes: -eɪʃǝn
- The act of inaugurating, or inducting into office with solemnity; investiture by appropriate ceremonies.
- The formal beginning or initiation of any movement, course of action, etc.; as, the inauguration of a new system, a new condition, etc.
An inauguration is a ceremony of formal investiture whereby an individual assumes an office or position of authority or power. The term is usually used in reference to a politician's assumption of the duties of head of state or head of government (e.g. the President's inauguration). An "inaugural address" is the presidential speech given at this ceremony. Political inaugurations often have lavish ceremonies, in which the politician publicly takes his or her oath of office in front of a large crowd of spectators. The term inauguration may also refer to a formal beginning or introduction (e.g. the inauguration of a new Canada–United States border crossing).
State and religious leaders who are inaugurated
- King of Spain
- The Pope
- President of the French Republic
- President of Ireland—11 November, unless term of predecessor shortened by death, resignation or removal from office
- President of the United States—January 20, following an election year (or instantly in case of the preceding President's death, resignation, or removal from office)
- see Inauguration Day
inauguration in Bulgarian: Инавгурация
inauguration in German: Weihe (Religion)
inauguration in French: Investiture
inauguration in Dutch: Inaugurele rede
inauguration in Russian: Инаугурация
inauguration in Ukrainian: Інавгурація
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