2 often pl a first or early part or stage
3 the place where or time when something starts
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus
1 birth, commencement, inauguration, inception, initiation, onset, opening, opening move, origin, outset, overture, preface, prelude, rise, rudiments, source, start, starting point
2 embryo, fount, fountainhead, germ, root, seed
1 closing, completion, conclusion, end, ending, finish, termination
English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus
from the beginning one can augur the end
du commencement on peut augurer la fin
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