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Posted on August 3rd, 2013 by Thomas Ryan

Eleusinian initiate

An initiate of the Eleusinian mysteries

in·i·ti·ate \i-ˈni-sh(ē-)ət\

Origin: Late Latin initiatus, past participle of initiare, from Latin, “to induct,” from initium “beginning.” First known use, 1533.

transitive verb: in·i·ti·at·edin·i·ti·at·ingin·i·ti·ates

  1. To set going by taking the first step; begin: initiated trade with developing nations.
  2. To introduce to a new field, interest, skill, or activity.
  3. To admit into membership, as with ceremonies or ritual.


  1. Initiated or admitted, as to membership or a position of authority.
    1. Instructed in esoteric knowledge.
    2. Introduced to something new.


  1. One who is being or has been initiated.
  2. One who has been introduced to or has attained knowledge in a particular field.

For more information, see Wikipedia.

About Thomas Ryan

Tom Ryan is a Freemason of both blue and red lodges, including the Silas Shepherd Lodge of Research. He is the founder and primary author of TemetNosce.org.

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