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NOUN (4)

1. a formal entry into an organization or position or office;
- Example: "his initiation into the club"
- Example: "he was ordered to report for induction into the army"
- Example: "he gave a speech as part of his installation into the hall of fame"
[syn: initiation, induction, installation]

2. the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new;
- Example: "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult"
- Example: "the foundation of a new scientific society"
[syn: initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration]

3. wisdom as evidenced by the possession of knowledge;
- Example: "his knowledgeability impressed me"
- Example: "his dullness was due to lack of initiation"
[syn: knowledgeability, knowledgeableness, initiation]

4. an act that sets in motion some course of events;
[syn: trigger, induction, initiation]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Initiation \In*i`ti*a"tion\, n. [L. initiatio: cf. F. initiation.] [1913 Webster] 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 courses of events." --Pope. [1913 Webster] 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 order. [1913 Webster] Silence is the first thing that is taught us at our initiation into sacred mysteries. --Broome. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

initiation n 1: a formal entry into an organization or position or office; "his initiation into the club"; "he was ordered to report for induction into the army"; "he gave a speech as part of his installation into the hall of fame" [syn: initiation, induction, installation] 2: the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new; "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult"; "the foundation of a new scientific society" [syn: initiation, founding, foundation, institution, origination, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration] 3: wisdom as evidenced by the possession of knowledge; "his knowledgeability impressed me"; "his dullness was due to lack of initiation" [syn: knowledgeability, knowledgeableness, initiation] 4: an act that sets in motion some course of events [syn: trigger, induction, initiation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

87 Moby Thesaurus words for "initiation": abecedarium, abecedary, acceptance, admission, admittance, anchorage, and arithmetic, baccalaureate service, baptism, beginning, celebration, ceremonial, ceremony, colonization, coming out, commencement, convocation, curtain raiser, debut, elementary education, elements, embarkation, embarkment, empty formality, enlistment, enrollment, entrance, establishment, exercise, exercises, first appearance, first steps, fixation, floating, flotation, formal, formality, foundation, function, graduation, graduation exercises, hornbook, immission, inaugural, inaugural address, inauguration, inception, induction, installation, installment, instatement, institution, introduction, intromission, investiture, launching, liturgy, lodgment, maiden speech, mooring, mummery, observance, office, opener, ordination, origination, peopling, performance, plantation, population, preliminary, primer, propaedeutic, reading, religious ceremony, rite, rite de passage, rite of passage, ritual, rudiments, service, settlement, settling, solemnity, solemnization, unveiling, writing