Etymology
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initiation (n.)

1580s, from French initiation or directly from Latin initiationem (nominative initiatio) "participation in secret rites," noun of action from past-participle stem of initiare "originate, initiate," from initium "a beginning" (see initial (adj.)).

updated on December 07, 2020

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Definitions of initiation from WordNet

initiation (n.)
a formal entry into an organization or position or office;
his initiation into the club
Synonyms: induction / installation
initiation (n.)
the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new;
she looked forward to her initiation as an adult
initiation (n.)
wisdom as evidenced by the possession of knowledge;
his dullness was due to lack of initiation
Synonyms: knowledgeability / knowledgeableness
initiation (n.)
an act that sets in motion some course of events;
Synonyms: trigger / induction
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