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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an initiation ceremony (=in which someone officially becomes an adult, a member of a group etc)
▪ tribal initiation ceremonies
▪ They had doused a colleague's trousers with paint thinners, a regular initiation ceremony in their Skelmersdale factory.
▪ At boys' initiation ceremonies, a Mukula log is put near the place where they are circumcised.
▪ Some initiation ceremony perhaps or unspoken betrothal?
▪ It was a way of imposing some sort of initiation ceremony on himself.
▪ This will be a new experience for Mr Major, the last and hardest of his political initiation rites.
▪ Spirit baptism was not just an initiation rite, it was a mystical encounter.
▪ His appearance is essential to the tribes' fertility, and he is petitioned in initiation rites for young boys at puberty.
▪ Hence, the recourse to alcohol or other drugs, which is commonly featured in initiation rites around the world.
▪ Your initiation rites do not conceal your destitution.
▪ Lois was tempted to ask the young man if he thought she had undergone an initiation rite.
▪ What of our own, where initiation ritual does not exist?
▪ Yet as serious as this initiation ritual is, it is also fun.
▪ We hypothesized therefore that the N-Oct 5 complex is generated by alternative translation initiation.
▪ We consider it most likely, that alternative translation initiation is the mechanism for generation of the N-Oct 5 proteins.
▪ the group's secret initiation rite
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Initiation \In*i`ti*a"tion\, n. [L. initiatio: cf. F. initiation.]

  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.''

  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.

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, from Middle 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 (see initial).


n. 1 The act of initiating, or the process of being initiated or introduced; as, initiation into a society, into business, literature, etc. 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. 3 (Chemistry) The first step of transcription or of transduction.

  1. n. 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: 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"; "he regards the fork as a modern introduction" [syn: 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]

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

Initiation (disambiguation)

An initiation is the beginning of a state or action, from Latin initium, plural initia. Some of its wide applications are:

Initiation (chemistry)

Chain Initiation: A free radical reaction mechanism step that has no radical reactant (s) and give radical product (s).

In chemistry, initiation is a chemical reaction that triggers one or more secondary reactions. Often the initiation reaction generates a reactive intermediate from a stable molecule which is then involved in secondary reactions. In polymerisation, initiation is followed by a chain reaction and termination.

Initiation (Todd Rundgren album)

Initiation is the sixth solo album by Todd Rundgren, released in the summer of 1975. With this album, Rundgren fully embraced the synthesized prog sound he had begun exploring in more depth in his work with his band Utopia. However, unlike Utopia, in which Rundgren had limited himself to playing guitar, most of the synthesizers on Initiation were played/programmed by Rundgren himself.

Initiation (TheStart album)

Initiation is the second full length album by TheStart that was released in 2004. The CD includes an enhanced feature with commentary by Aimee Echo on recording the album, as well as a music video of the single "Like Days."

Initiation (Rhea's Obsession album)

Rhea's Obsession's debut album, Initiation, was released in 1996 on Spider Records after they had worked on soundtracks for film and television. The album was re-released with bonus tracks and remixes on Metropolis Records in 2001 as Re:Initiation.

Initiation (Tommy Emmanuel album)

Initiation is an album by Australian musician Tommy Emmanuel, released in 1995. All the songs, apart from "That's the Spirit", were already released on the previous albums.


Initiation is a rite of passage marking entrance or acceptance into a group or society. It could also be a formal admission to adulthood in a community or one of its formal components. In an extended sense it can also signify a transformation in which the initiate is 'reborn' into a new role. Examples of initiation ceremonies might include Hindu diksha, Christian baptism or confirmation, Jewish bar or bat mitzvah, acceptance into a fraternal organization, secret society or religious order, or graduation from school or recruit training. A person taking the initiation ceremony in traditional rites, such as those depicted in these pictures, is called an initiate.

Initiation (The Office)

"Initiation" is the fifth episode of the third season of the American comedy television series The Office—the show's 33rd overall. Written by B. J. Novak, who also acts in the show as Ryan Howard, and directed by Randall Einhorn, the episode first aired in the United States on October 19, 2006 on NBC.

In the episode Ryan is taken by Dwight on what he believes is a sales call, but instead is brought to Dwight's beet farm for an "initiation." Pam is supposed to keep track of Michael's productivity, but Michael spends his day waiting in line for a pretzel. Jim steals Karen's chair and foils her attempts to get it back.

Initiation (Course of Empire album)

Initiation is the second full-length album by American industrial, Post-Punk band Course of Empire. All songs were written by Course of Empire and production by David Castell.

While many CDs of the same era contained a hidden track after the finish of the listed tracks, usually preceded by a span silence, Course of Empire and David Castell managed to fit three on Initiation. "Running Man" was hidden in the pregap of the CD, which nearly caused legal action when another producer/engineer claimed that he had patented the use of the pregap for audio information. The "Darwin Goodwin Mix" of the song "Infested" was hidden after "The Chihuahuaphile" (which was track 23 -the number of The Illuminati, after a cross fade that counted up the tracks between it and "Initiation"). And "Tomorrow" was buried inside the feedback noise of "The Gate" and only able to be heard if the stereo track was played over a Mono Music system.

Initiation (Theosophy)

Initiation is a concept in Theosophy that there are nine levels of spiritual development that beings who live on Earth can progress upward through. Within these levels, there are four basic levels of spiritual development that human beings on Earth progress through as they reincarnate, although evil acts may cause bad karma which may cause one to temporarily regress. It is believed that when souls have advanced to the fourth level of initiation, they have reached enlightenment and have no further need to reincarnate. At the fifth level of initiation and beyond, souls have the opportunity to become members of the Spiritual Hierarchy. This concept was developed by both C.W. Leadbeater and Alice A. Bailey beginning in the 1920s.

According to C.W. Leadbeater, Initiation is a process by which "we try to develop ourselves not that we may become great and wise, but that we may have the power and knowledge to work for humanity to the best effect." According to Alice A. Bailey, Initiation is the "process of undergoing an [[Higher consciousness|expansion [toward higher levels] of consciousness]]." It is believed by Theosophists that all souls that have reached the fourth level of initiation evolved beyond the necessity to reincarnate. Those who do not elect become pratyeka buddhas and go directly into Nirvana gradually evolving upward through all of these six higher levels of consciousness over thousands or millions of years, and later over billions or trillions of years, with many other higher levels beyond.

The concept of Initiation is also recognized in the Ascended Master Teachings, a group of religions loosely based on Theosophy. In the Ascended Master Teachings, it is referred to as Ascension.

The first six initiations were named by C.W. Leadbeater and Alice A. Bailey after the six most important events in the life of Jesus.

According to Martin Euser, “Theosophy closes the gap between science and religion by positing reincarnation as a dynamic process [ unlike the concept of the eternal return ]. The first jewel concerns the doctrine of reincarnation or reimbodiment. It's all a dynamic process and it's the way nature works.”

Usage examples of "initiation".

In many primitive societies, sexual initiation was a natural thing that took place early in adolescence under the supervision of the tribal elders.

Programs on supersonic reaction initiation, free radical mechanisms, photocatalysis, and selective adsorption would be quietly, even surreptitiously, phased out.

Paracelsus, the great Reformer in medicine, discovered magnetism long before Mesmer, and pushed to its last consequences this luminous discovery, or rather this initiation into the magic of the ancients, who understood the grand magical agent better than we do, and did not regard the Astral Light, Azoth, the universal magnetism of the Sages, as an animal and particular fluid, emanating only from certain special beings.

Its larger significance, its greater meaning, Eccles takes to be this: suffering, deprivation, barrenness, hardship, lack are all an indispensable part of the education, the initiation, as it were, of any of those who would follow Jesus Christ.

After that initiation, which continued for several months, I was moved to the less physically demanding but more exacting work of learning to cut, turn and smooth the wood for the spokes and felloes of the wheels.

On this basis, Lynch and Bliss were to argue, rather as Kandel had done earlier for serotonin in Aplysia, that it was presynaptic plasticity that was important for the initiation of LTP, and the postsynaptic cell was simply doing what it had to as a result of the increase in the strength of the glutamate signal it was receiving.

Ty has supervised the initiation of hundreds of thousands of virgin girls.

On a sudden, the scene was changed: sorrow and lamentation were discarded, the glad name of Iacchus passed from mouth to mouth, the image of the God, crowned with myrtle and bearing a lighted torch, was borne in joyful procession from the Ceramicus to Eleusis, where, during the ensuing night, the initiation was completed by an imposing revelation.

Mirovitch was dead, the inquest finished, and the school shut down, I went on through the Academy and my schooling up to my Trial, that harrowing ordeal every Necromance must pass to be accredited, the stripping away of the psyche in an initiation as different as it is terrifying for every individual.

Indeed, so forcible and close is the correspondence between the course of the aspirant in his initiation dramatically dying, descending into Hades, rising again to life, and ascending into heaven with the apostolic presentation of the redemptive career of Christ, our great Forerunner, that some writers Nork, for instance have suggested that the latter was but the exoteric publication to all the world of what in the former was esoterically taught to the initiates alone.

Being crowned with olive, anointed with balsam of benzoin, and otherwise prepared, he was purified with fire and water, and went through seven stages of initiation.

One of the most precious advantages promised by their initiation was, to put a man in communion with the Gods, by purifying his soul of all the passions that interfere with that enjoyment, and dim the rays of divine light that are communicated to every soul capable of receiving them, and that imitate their purity.

I turned eighteen I left the House of Maidens to dwell in a separate enclosure with Heron and Aelia and Roud, for the time of initiation was approaching, and the disciplines which prepared us to receive the Mysteries required solitude.

Accordingly the Court ruled that Members of the House of Representatives were not liable to a suit for false imprisonment by reason of their initiation and prosecution of the legislative proceedings under which plaintiff was arrested.

But Moth has so little chance- Tas No Sil said that Moth may undergo the initiations for silver and gold, but only if the smith initiating him will bequeath him his own tools.