What an inauguration is to a president, an ordination is to a religious authority. It's the ceremony of bestowing a person with a position of religious authority — as when someone becomes a priest, minister, or shaman.

The noun ordination comes from the Latin word ordinare, meaning “put in order.” Becoming a religious leader usually requires training in a seminary followed by an ordination. On the other hand, the ordination of a monarch is a ceremony in which a King’s or Queen’s divine right to rule the country, which was historically considered a birth right, is asserted and initiated without any seminary courses required.

Definitions of ordination
  1. noun
    the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
    “the rabbi's family was present for his ordination
    synonyms: ordinance
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    laying on of hands
    laying hands on a person's head to invoke spiritual blessing in Christian ordination
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    appointment, assignment, designation, naming
    the act of putting a person into a non-elective position
  2. noun
    the status of being ordained to a sacred office
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    position, status
    the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
  3. noun
    logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements
    synonyms: order, ordering
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    bacteria order
    an order of bacteria
    word order
    the order of words in a text
    genetic code
    the ordering of nucleotides in DNA molecules that carries the genetic information in living cells
    the ordering of genes in a haploid set of chromosomes of a particular organism; the full DNA sequence of an organism
    similar things placed in order or happening one after another
    Stations, Stations of the Cross
    (Roman Catholic Church) a devotion consisting of fourteen prayers said before a series of fourteen pictures or carvings representing successive incidents during Jesus' passage from Pilate's house to his crucifixion at Calvary
    chain, concatenation
    a series of things depending on each other as if linked together
    a series of sentinels or of military posts enclosing or guarding some place or thing
    course, line, trajectory
    a connected series of events or actions or developments
    a series of poems or songs on the same theme
    electrochemical series, electromotive force series, electromotive series
    a serial arrangement of metallic elements or ions according to their electrode potentials determined under specified conditions; the order shows the tendency of one metal to reduce the ions of any other metal below it in the series
    a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system
    triplet code
    the normal version of the genetic code in which a sequence of three nucleotides codes for the synthesis of a specific amino acid
    a connected series or group
    patterned advance, progression
    a series with a definite pattern of advance
    blizzard, rash
    a series of unexpected and unpleasant occurrences
    serial arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern
    string, train
    a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding
    a group of people or things arranged or following in order
    wave train
    a succession of waves spaced at regular intervals
    helium group
    the series of inert gases
    actinide series
    (chemistry) a series of 15 radioactive elements with increasing atomic numbers from actinium to lawrencium
    lanthanide series
    the rare-earth elements with atomic numbers 57 through 71; having properties similar to lanthanum
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    an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging
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