from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Renovation; restoration.
  • n. The institution or establishment of something.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. restoration after decay or dilapidation; renewal; repair

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Restoration after decay, lapse, or dilapidation; renewal; repair; renovation; renaissance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Restoration; renewal; repair.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new


Latin īnstaurātiō, īnstaurātiōn-, from īnstaurātus, past participle of īnstaurāre, to renew; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin instauratio: compare French instauration. (Wiktionary)


  • The outcome of Columbus voyage could well be the building of a huge Aztec temple on the site of the Sevilla Catedral and the instauration of daily human sacrifices.

    Columbus: The Far Left is Dead Right, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Our country is quite vulnerable; it is only through the instauration of the state of law for all, regardless of any ethnic, religious or politic consideration that we can avoid the very real danger of a chaotic and fatal future.


  • There is a remote possibility that The Crash and The Deep Depression, in a pattern similar to Hitler with The Great Depression, will allow the instauration of a totalitarian regime, an Adventure in a New World Order.

    Calman begins to unravel

  • We aimed at nothing less than to speak of the instauration of Spirit and its incarnation in a beautiful form.

    Uncollected Prose

  • The idols and false notions which are now in possession of the human understanding, and have taken deep root therein, not only so beset men's minds that truth can hardly find entrance, but even after entrance is obtained, they will again in the very instauration of the sciences meet and trouble us, unless men being forewarned of the danger fortify themselves as far as may be against their assaults.

    The New Organon

  • To this group of New England Scientific Romanceurs, those artists who filigree the proclamations of instauration against the inexorable dictates of temporality, we can now wholeheartedly welcome Gregory Feeley.

    Steam, Not Steampunk

  • The transformation of reality and the instauration of the regnum hominis cannot be entrusted solely to the fire of the laboratories and the work of the shops, but must depend on reason capable of oper - ating with the aid of instruments.


  • The instauration of general anaesthesia came from experiments made on man alone.

    An Ethical Problem Or, Sidelights upon Scientific Experimentation on Man and Animals

  • It is fortunate for me that I have been an eye-witness of the progress made in this department from its practical instauration.

    An Ethical Problem Or, Sidelights upon Scientific Experimentation on Man and Animals

  • Richardson, an English scientist who had much to do with its various methods, tells us that "the instauration of general anaesthesia came from experiments on man alone; there is no suspicion of any experiment on a lower animal in connection with it"; and Professor Bigelow, of

    An Ethical Problem Or, Sidelights upon Scientific Experimentation on Man and Animals


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  • "d) Once the cult of St. Mawr was born, it committed itself to what was called "the small instauration" and to "the little idiom.""
    The No Variations by Luis Chitarroni, translated by Darren Koolman, p 106

    September 16, 2013