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used in The Color Purple

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to accept someone's membership into an organization — typically in a ceremony — sometimes including a period of instruction and/or test
  • She's going to have the female initiation ceremony too, she said.
initiation = a procedure or ceremony where someone is admitted into a group

(editor's note:  In this case, female genital mutilation or female circumcision is performed at the ceremony.)
  • Tashi was happy that the initiation ceremony isn't done in Europe or America, said Olivia.
  • Her friends said while we were away she'd undergone both the facial scarification ceremony and the rite of female initiation.
  • And to forgive the repugnance he'd felt about the female initiation ceremony.

There are no more uses of "initiate" in The Color Purple.

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