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Origin of inauguration
OTHER WORDS FROM inaugurationre·in·au·gu·ra·tion, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH inaugurationinaugural, inauguration
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What does inauguration mean?
Inauguration is the process of inaugurating someone—officially inducting them into a position.
It can also refer to the process of introducing something into use with a formal ceremony.
Inauguration is also commonly used to refer to a ceremony in which a person or thing is inaugurated.
The inauguration of a new factory or public building might involve a ribbon-cutting ceremony or a dedication ceremony, for example. However, the word is not all that commonly used in this way. In the context of buildings, the word dedication is more common.
The verb inaugurate can also be used in a more general way meaning to formally or officially take action to begin something—to initiate or commence it. The noun inauguration can also be used in this general way to mean initiation or commencement, as in The end of the war brought about the inauguration of a new era.
Example: In the U.S., presidents are elected in November, but their terms don’t officially begin until their inauguration in January.
Where does inauguration come from?
The first records of the word inauguration come from the 1560s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb inaugurāre, meaning “to consecrate by augury.” In ancient Rome, an augury was the rite or ceremony held by an augur—a kind of soothsayer or priest whose job was to interpret omens to guide decisions. In Ancient Rome, the augurs were consulted before lawmakers officially took a position.
In the U.S., the inauguration of the president happens on January 20 following a presidential election (or January 21 if January 20 falls on a Sunday). This date is set by the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first president whose inauguration took place on this day when he began his second term in 1937. Other elected officials, such as governors, are inducted in inauguration ceremonies, but the inauguration of the president is the most well-known, likely due to the importance of the office and the grand nature of the ceremony.
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How is inauguration used in real life?
Inauguration is most commonly used in the context of formal ceremonies. In the U.S., the word is closely associated with the official induction of a new president on Inauguration Day.
Former President Obama and Michelle Obama "look forward to attending" the inauguration of President-elect Biden and VP-elect Harris, per the former president’s office.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 8, 2021
President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day theme will be “America United,” his inaugural committee announced.
He will also pay a visit to Arlington National Cemetery with former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. https://t.co/3VnxaHTX8Y
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 11, 2021
During a religious ceremony marking the inauguration of the construction of the Rama temple, the prime minister, who heads the government of a country with a secular constitution, participated in the religious ritual, acting like a priest. https://t.co/EEMVq7zUYP
— The Caravan (@thecaravanindia) January 12, 2021
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Example sentences from the Web for inauguration
There are nearly three months between Election Day and the presidential inauguration to count all the votes.How Wisconsin’s slowed-down mail could decide the election|Bobbie Johnson|October 27, 2020|MIT Technology Review
A few dozen demonstrators from liberal advocacy groups gathered outside the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday, waving signs that read “Save Roe” and “No confirmation without inauguration.”Republicans set Barrett on swift course to confirmation to the Supreme Court|Seung Min Kim, Karoun Demirjian|October 15, 2020|Washington Post
Zandi says the consensus is that if the federal government doesn’t pass more stimulus before the election, it’s very unlikely anything gets done before the inauguration.Waiting to pass stimulus until after the election is a mistake, says economist Mark Zandi|Lance Lambert|October 13, 2020|Fortune
Many of us have made it clear we can’t go home before the election and potentially inauguration without helping people, small businesses, local governments.Pelosi, Meadows say they’re hopeful new economic relief deal is within reach|Erica Werner|September 29, 2020|Washington Post
If they do fill the seat—either before the November election, or between November and the inauguration in January—it would be with a conservative judge, leaving the Supreme Court with a 6-3 conservative majority.Five issues the Supreme Court will be deciding on this term|Alexandra Ossola|September 21, 2020|Quartz
The inauguration had to be held in the fortified Kremlin, surrounded by an eerily quiet city.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In May he attended the inauguration of a museum to house the works of the Ecuadorian painter Santiago Carbonell in Querétaro.
How much of your family was able to see you read your poem at the inauguration?
Since his inauguration, Republicans have criticized President Obama for everything.Obama, the Coffee Salute, and the Dementia on the Right|Sally Kohn|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Here he is attending festivities for the first George W. Bush inauguration, along with Chuck Norris and Meatloaf.Rambo Hates Guns: How Sylvester Stallone Became the Most Anti-Gun Celeb in Hollywood|Asawin Suebsaeng|August 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The first rail road opened in Brazil, the emperor and empress being present at the inauguration.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
But the day of his inauguration was the last day of his happiness.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
In the inauguration of the system, Japanese statesmanship was exposed to a severe ordeal.
Herndon's Life is probably the most satisfactory of the period before Lincoln's inauguration.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XII|John Lord
Enthusiasm and hope animated the whole assembly, and everybody saw in this States-General the inauguration of a glorious future.Beacon Lights of History, Volume IX|John Lord