Definition of initiatory in US English:

initiatory

adjective

  • See initiate

    • ‘While these two terms declare themselves throughout, their strife is a contentious collusion, less apocalyptic than initiatory.’
    • ‘The cult of Mithras was an initiatory, ‘mystery’ tradition whose enthusiasts could largely be found in the Roman army.’
    • ‘Before explaining some of the events that I witnessed and participated in while in this performance space I would like to return and examine the temporal states of this initiatory experience.’
    • ‘You need to take certain oaths, read prescribed texts, pass tests, and undergo initiatory rites.’
    • ‘In that great initiatory arc of my life, I stood, in a wedding reception line facing the great archetypal losses: death of a loved one, end of an affair, and passage from youth to - what?’

Pronunciation

initiatory

/iˈniSH(ē)əˌtôrē//ɪˈnɪʃ(i)əˌtɔri/