AskDefine | Define inauguration

Dictionary Definition



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]

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  1. The act of inaugurating, or inducting into office with solemnity; investiture by appropriate ceremonies.
  2. The formal beginning or initiation of any movement, course of action, etc.; as, the inauguration of a new system, a new condition, etc.

Extensive Definition

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 CanadaUnited States border crossing).

State and religious leaders who are inaugurated

see Inauguration Day

See also

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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