Commencement and Ending


Commencement noun - The point at which something begins.
Usage example: there was a large turnout at the commencement of the conference, but the numbers dwindled as it progressed

Ending is an antonym for commencement in ceremony marking the beginning of stage topic.

Nearby Words: commence, commenced, commencing


Ending noun - The point in time at which something ends.
Usage example: the ending of warranty period

Commencement is an antonym for ending in topics: finish, conclusion.

Nearby Words: end, ended

Both words in one sentence

  • Film / If... Stephans comments, "God, it's Guy Fawkes back again", hinting at the conclusion of the film.... Gainax Ending/No Ending: During the Founders' Day commencement speech, a fire starts and all the attendees run out.
    Source: Film / If...
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Ending or Commencement. 2016. Accessed January 31, 2023.
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