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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COMMENCEMENT

The commencement of a law and parliamentary library has been made.

Such was the state of things at the commencement of our story.

It is now going on seven years since the commencement of this war.

He had seen me with John during Commencement week, and must have understood matters.

But Angelique beamed with joy before the commencement of the realisation of her dream.

Go—leave me, minister of death, commencement of sin, and child of treason!

The task I had set myself to perform seemed only at its commencement yet.

From this hour I date the commencement of my life of real happiness.

It seemed to threaten no such consequences at its commencement.

It is customary to eat fish only at the commencement of the dinner.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "beginning," from Old French comencement "beginning, start" (Modern French commencement), from comencier (see commence). Meaning "school graduation ceremony" attested by 1850, American English. (Sense "entrance upon the privileges of a master or doctor in a university" is from late 14c.)

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