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instauration (in-sto-RAY-shuhn) noun

1. Renewal; renovation; restoration.

2. An act of founding or establishing something.

[From Latin instauration-, from instauratio, from instaurare (to renew). Other words derived from the same root are: store, restore, and stow.]

"Universities are, since their instauration in Bologna, Salerno, or medieval Paris, fragile, although tenacious, beasts." George Steiner; An Academic Comes of Age in 'The Sleepless City'; The Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington); Feb 6, 1998.

"He (Francis Bacon) did not, as it happened, have much success persuading either of his two royal patrons, Elizabeth I or James I, to invest public funds in the `Great Instauration' of knowledge he envisioned." Roger Kimball; Knowing It All; Wall Street Journal (New York); Jul 23, 1998.

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