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Inauguration

Inauguration

[in-aw-gyuh-rey-shuhn, -guh-]
An inauguration is a ceremony of formal investiture whereby an individual assumes an office or position of authority or power. The term is usually used in reference to a politician's assumption of the duties of head of state or head of government (e.g. the President's inauguration). An "inaugural address" is the presidential speech given at this ceremony which informs the people of their intentions as a leader. Political inaugurations often have lavish ceremonies, in which the politician publicly takes his or her oath of office in front of a large crowd of spectators. The term inauguration may also refer to a formal beginning or introduction (e.g. the inauguration of a new CanadaUnited States border crossing).

State and religious leaders who are inaugurated

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