Definition of INAUGURATION


INAUGURATION

This word was applied by the Romans to the ceremony
of dedicating some temple, or raising some man to the priesthood,
after the augurs had been consulted. It was afterwards applied to
the installation (q. v.) of the emperors, kings, and prelates, in
imitation of the ceremonies of the Romans when they entered into
the temple of the augurs. It is applied in the United States to the
installation of the chief magistrate of the republic, and of the
governors of the several states.

Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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