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Commemoration vs. Anniversary

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  • Commemoration (noun)

    The act of commemorating; an observance or celebration to honor the memory of some person or event.

  • Commemoration (noun)

    That which serves the purpose of commemorating; a memorial.

  • Commemoration (noun)

    The specification of individual saints in the prayers for the dead; the great festival of the Oxford academic year, usually taking place on the third Wednesday after Trinity Sunday.

  • Anniversary (noun)

    A day that is an exact number of years (to the day) since a given significant event occurred. Often preceded by an ordinal number indicating the number of years.

    "Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the war."

  • Anniversary (noun)

    A day subsequent in time to a given event by some significant period other than a year (especially as prefixed by the amount of time in question).

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Commemoration (noun)

    The act of commemorating; an observance or celebration designed to honor the memory of some person or event.

  • Commemoration (noun)

    Whatever serves the purpose of commemorating; a memorial.

  • Anniversary (adjective)

    Returning with the year, at a stated time; annual; yearly; as, an anniversary feast.

  • Anniversary (noun)

    The annual return of the day on which any notable event took place, or is wont to be celebrated; as, the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

  • Anniversary (noun)

    The day on which Mass is said yearly for the soul of a deceased person; the commemoration of some sacred event, as the dedication of a church or the consecration of a pope.

  • Anniversary (noun)

    The celebration which takes place on an anniversary day.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Commemoration (noun)

    a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something

  • Commemoration (noun)

    a recognition of meritorious service

  • Anniversary (noun)

    the date on which an event occurred in some previous year (or the celebration of it)

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