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 for initiation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

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

      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,
      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]

From 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

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