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Monday, January 01, 2018

Definitions for instauration

  1. renewal; restoration; renovation; repair.
  2. Obsolete. an act of instituting something; establishment.

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Citations for instauration
In the period of strongest social division (before the instauration of democratic cultures), reading and writing were equally class privileges ... Roland Barthes, "From Work to Text," The Rustle of Language, translated by Richard Howard, 1986
Warm friendship, indeed, he felt for her; but whatever that might have done towards the instauration of a former dream was now hopelessly barred by the rivalry of the thing itself in the guise of a lineal successor. Thomas Hardy, The Well-Beloved, 1897
Origin of instauration
English instauration comes directly from the Latin noun instaurātiōn- (stem of instaurātiō) “renewal, repetition,” a derivative of instaurāre “to renew, repeat,” originally “to set up stakes or poles (in building),” from the obsolete noun staurus. The Latin root of the verb and noun is stau-, an uncommon extension of the Proto-Indo-European root stā-. The same rare variant also appears in Greek staurόs “upright stake, pile (for a foundation).” Staurόs is also the word used in the gospels, e.g., Matthew 27:40, for the cross on which Jesus was crucified. Instauration entered English in the early 17th century.