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[in-aw-gyuh-rey-shuh n, -guh-]
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  1. an act or ceremony of inaugurating.
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Origin of inauguration

First recorded in 1560–70, inauguration is from the Late Latin word inaugurātiōn- (stem of inaugurātiō). See inaugurate, -ion.
Related formsre·in·au·gu·ra·tion, noun
Can be confusedinaugural inauguration
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1560s, from French inauguration "installation, consecration," and directly from Latin inaugurationem (nominative inauguratio) "consecration, installment under good omens," noun of action from past participle stem of inaugurare "take omens from the flight of birds; consecrate or install when such omens are favorable," from in- "on, in" (see in- (2)) + augurare "to act as an augur, predict" (see augur).

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