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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.

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As he grapples with the challenges of winning the hearts and inspiring hope and courage in all Liberians, this first inaugural address will be one of his defining moments.
In his inaugural address, the President also promised to construct a proper governance structure for the good of the country.
Awad recently gave his inaugural address as ACI President at the fall 2017 Concrete Convention and Exposition held at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, under the theme "Making Connections".
There was little of Abraham Lincoln's magnanimity in a time of even greater division, when in his second inaugural address he said, "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds ...
Inaugural address, proceedings, ninety-eighth annual meeting, Medical Library Association, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 23-27, 1998.
Araiji's words came during his inaugural address at the 35th Lebanese Book Fair held at "Saint Elie Monastery" in Antelias, amidst a crowd of officials and prominent dignitaries.
Speaking before her inaugural address as the new president of the British Science Association, Dame Athene said: "We introduce social constructs by stereotyping what toys boys and girls receive from the earliest age.
The two day event, held under the official support of the Central Bank of Djibouti, began with an inaugural address by H.E.
WASHINGTON, July 3 (KUNA) -- US Vice President Joe Biden discussed on Thursday the situation in eastern Ukraine and diplomatic efforts to pursue a sustainable cease-fire with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the Office of the Vice President announced The main focus of the discussion is to have the cease-fire be respected by separatists, fully supported by Russia, and allow implementation of the peace plan laid out in Poroshenko's inaugural address.
Summary: Defeating terrorism and achieving security is the top priority for Egypt's new President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi, who said in his inaugural address that his top focus would be on fighting terrorism.
And although answers were, not unexpectedly, in short supply in his keynote inaugural address at the Centre For Life, the direction of travel was clear.
When comparing the state of the union address and the inaugural address, Fallows (2004, p.5) makes the following statement: "Even more than the inauguration, the State of the Union has become a ritual celebration of the glory of the presidency.