Definitions of initiation

  1. the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
  2. an act that sets in motion some course of events
  3. a formal entry into a position or office; " his initiation into the club"; " he was ordered to report for induction into the army"
  4. wisdom as evidenced by the possession of knowledge; " his knowledgeability impressed me"; " his dullness was due to lack of initiation"
  5. 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"; " he regards the fork as a modern introduction"
  6. 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"
  7. The act of initiating, or the process of being initiated or introduced; as, initiation into a society, into business, literature, etc.
  8. 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.
  9. The act of introducing into a club, society, business, literature, etc.; the rites, ceremonies, etc., with which one is made a member of a society, order, etc.
  10. Act or process of initiating or acquainting one with principles before unknown: act of admitting to any society, by instructing in its rules and ceremonies.
  11. Initiative, initiatory.
  12. Instruction in principles; admission into any society by instructions in its rules, & c.
  13. The act of initiating.
  14. Ceremonious admission, as into a society.
  15. The process of acquainting one with principles before unknown; admission into a new society, by instructing one in its principles, rules, or ceremonies.
  16. The act or process of introducing; formal admission.

Usage examples for initiation

  1. In a strict sense there is no secret society, even though the precepts taught boys at initiation are not made public. – The Religion of the Indians of California by A. L. Kroeber
  2. It was with anything but a cheerful heart that Jane went through this initiation into the philanthropic life. – The Nether World by George Gissing
  3. After the peril through which we had passed, it was a relief to feel that once more I was safe after such a dangerous initiation. – The Adventures of Buffalo Bill by Col. William F. Cody
  4. There are nine sacraments: Presentation, Initiation, Admission, Destination, Marriage, Maturity, Retirement, Transformation, Incorporation. – Modern Substitutes for Christianity by Pearson McAdam Muir
  5. No clouds hide his mind and its creations, which, unlike Wagner's, need no initiation to be understood; they seem to have no hidden meaning, no subtle mystery; one is instantly their friend or their enemy, for the first impression is a lasting one. – Musicians of To-Day by Romain Rolland Commentator: Claude Landi
  6. When I said angels, I spoke of what the world most wants, as well as Crocus; angels in human form, I mean, or rather, in their human state of initiation. – Wych Hazel by Susan and Anna Warner
  7. " Well, well; no more of him," interrupted the Rover, a little impatiently, as if he liked not that his companion should look too deeply into the policy of his government, so early in his initiation. – The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper
  8. And of course the initiation is secret, but I guess it won't be any harm if I tell you about it. –  by
  9. She felt this instrument, for that matter, already on her back, so that she proceeded now in very truth as a soldier on a march- proceeded as if, for her initiation, the first charge had been sounded. – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  10. At a yet later day the results of popular suffrage were the breaking- up of this democratic government, and the initiation of an atrocious struggle between rich and poor. – Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation by Lafcadio Hearn
  11. Nor did she wear her initiation lightly. – The Vertical City by Fannie Hurst
  12. And their name is Christ Jesus, in the day of their initiation. – The Story of Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland and of the new Gospel of Interpretation by Edward Maitland
  13. In this Council were the younger deputies, and with them rested the sole initiation of laws. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  14. All this indicates that the existence of invisible beings was taken for granted, probably through the knowledge gained by initiation. – The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans Wentz
  15. It is a souvenir from thy brethren to celebrate thy initiation to the Mystic Order. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  16. The mother should anticipate this natural need of the mind for knowledge, and should prepare her daughter for initiation into the higher mysteries of human life by an acquaintance with life in its simpler forms, where it is not complicated by human passions. – The Education of American Girls by Anna Callender Brackett
  17. That was Faith's initiation into the workings of Heeler's blouse factory. – The Beggar Man by Ruby Mildred Ayres
  18. At the end of the third term, Sophomore year, when the members of that class are looking forward to the honors awaiting them, comes off the initiation to the House. – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall
  19. Not only were they obliged to resign their membership, but the original members of Alpha Delta Phi were compelled formally to submit to re- admission to the University, pledging themselves not to consent to the initiation of any members of the University in the society in opposition to Rule 20. The matter rested here until the following November, when the society presented a second constitution, which was received by the Faculty with the announcement that they had no authority to legalize the society. – The University of Michigan by Wilfred Shaw
  20. I recommend that the necessary funds be appropriated for the initiation of this work as soon as the contracts are in the hands of Congress. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various