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Pronunciation:  i`nishee'eyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an act that sets in motion some course of events
  2. [n]  the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
  3. [n]  wisdom as evidenced by the possession of knowledge; "his knowledgeability impressed me"; "his dullness was due to lack of initiation"
  4. [n]  a formal entry into a position or office; "his initiation into the club"; "he was ordered to report for induction into the army"

INITIATION is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: creation, foundation, founding, induction, induction, innovation, installation, instauration, institution, knowledgeability, knowledgeableness, origination, trigger
 See Also: bar mitzvah, bas mitzvah, bat mitzvah, bath mitzvah, beginning, causation, causing, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, commencement, coronation, enthronement, enthronisation, enthronization, fomentation, inaugural, inauguration, instigation, investiture, observance, start, wisdom, wiseness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*i`ti*a"tion\, n. [L. initiatio: cf. F.
1. The act of initiating, or the process of being initiated
   or introduced; as, initiation into a society, into
   business, literature, etc. ``The initiation of coursers of
   events.'' --Pope.

2. The form or ceremony by which a person is introduced into
   any society; mode of entrance into an organized body;
   especially, the rite of admission into a secret society or

         Silence is the first thing that is taught us at our
         initiation into sacred mysteries.     --Broome.

Thesaurus Terms
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