American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Introductory; initial.
- adj. Tending or used to initiate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or suitable for a beginning or introduction; introductory: as, an initiatory step.
- Initiating or serving to initiate; introducing by instruction, or by prescribed formalities.
- n. An introductory process or form.
- adj. Of or pertaining to initiation
- adj. inceptive, initial, inaugural or introductory
- n. An introductory act or rite.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Suitable for an introduction or beginning; introductory; prefatory.
- adj. Tending or serving to initiate; introducing by instruction, or by the use and application of symbols or ceremonies; elementary; rudimentary.
- n. rare An introductory act or rite.
- adj. serving to set in motion
“But the really true virtue is a purification from all such things, and temperance, justice, fortitude and wisdom itself, are a kind of initiatory purification 38.”
“To that end, we have constructed our book, "Heart Yoga," as an initiatory journey into the vision of the Sacred Marriage that anyone with devotion, faith and the willingness to explore their inner experience can pursue.”
“He added, “As if no man, after the war commenced, should call in question the consummate wisdom or purity of motive on the part of the Executive in the initiatory steps of that war!””
“The situation reminds us a bit of Bill Clinton's initiatory fiasco, over homosexuals in the military.”
“A deep POV makes it hard to write an initiated character in an initiatory trad, unless the character is lapsed in his or her practice.”
“This transition can be metaphorically outlined as similar to a rites of passage, an initiatory period, a hero's dark journey through the underworld, as the collective consciousness of humanity interiorizes this transition from old world to new world.”
“Thirdly, we have seen that by threading the sequences we have created throughout Heart Yoga with great mystical poetry that describes the essential state these sequences are designed to create, their repeated practice is imbued with quietly astonishing initiatory powers.”
“It can be viewed as having an initiatory or teminatory function -- opening or closing the channel -- but we might well argue that to say so is to confuse location and function.”
“The analogizing of the male to the female initiatory state at that point in history suggests that female initiation in the thinking of the proto-Ruvu embodied the greater religio-ritual power.”
“Aside from sports, little to nothing is initiatory; no genuine rights of passage, forcing some segments of our youth to just resort to gang life.”
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