in·​stau·​ra·​tion | \ ˌin-ˌstȯ-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce instauration (audio) , ˌin(t)-stə- \

Definition of instauration

1 : restoration after decay, lapse, or dilapidation
2 : an act of instituting or establishing something

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Instauration first appeared in English in the early 16th century, a product of the Latin verb instaurare, meaning "to renew or restore." This same source gave us our verb store, by way of Middle English and Anglo-French. After instauration broke into English, the philosopher Francis Bacon began writing his Instauratio Magna, which translates to The Great Instauration. This uncompleted collection of works, which was written in Latin, calls for a restoration to a state of paradise on earth, but one in which humankind is enlightened by knowledge and truth.

First Known Use of instauration

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for instauration

Latin instauration-, instauratio, from instaurare to renew, restore — more at store

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“Instauration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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