One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of restoring or renewing something.
- ‘In the 1640s and 1650s, scientists had sought what they termed ‘a great instauration’.’
- ‘Consequently he no longer defines it solely as instauration of an object in the position of a subject's ego ideal without any concomitant ego-identification with another object or subject.’
- ‘The collapse of the Soviet Union, which led to the disappearance of the Warsaw Pact and the instauration of a new unipolar world order under the leadership of the United States, deprived NATO of its raison d'être.’
- ‘This regeneration and instauration of the sciences is with justice due to the age of a prince surpassing all others in wisdom and learning.’
- ‘The consequence of this instauration will be a world not destined to end, about now, in fire, like ours.’
Early 17th century: from Latin instauratio(n-), from instaurare ‘renew’, from in- ‘in, towards’ + staur- (a stem also found in restaurare ‘restore’).
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