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Arrival and Advent

Arrival and Advent denote in common the reaching of a destination.

Arrival implies precedent travel or movement.

  • the arrival and departure of trains
  • the morning of my arrival

Advent is sometimes applied to an important or even momentous arrival.

  • look forward to the advent of the Messiah

Except when it connotes birth, it usually stresses appearance on the scene more than the coming or reaching of the end of a journey.

  • life . . . with the advent of an attractive young woman took on acknowledged connotations of interest
    Mary Austin