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baptism

noun bap·tism \ˈbap-ˌti-zəm, especially Southern ˈbab-\

: a Christian ceremony in which a small amount of water is placed on a person's head or in which a person's body is briefly placed under water

Full Definition of BAPTISM

1
a :  a Christian sacrament marked by ritual use of water and admitting the recipient to the Christian community
b :  a non-Christian rite using water for ritual purification
c Christian Science :  purification by or submergence in Spirit
2
:  an act, experience, or ordeal by which one is purified, sanctified, initiated, or named
bap·tis·mal \bap-ˈtiz-məl, especially Southern bab-\ adjective
bap·tis·mal·ly \-mə-lē\ adverb

Examples of BAPTISM

  1. There were over 100 baptisms at our church last year.
  2. He received the sacrament of baptism as an infant.

Origin of BAPTISM

Middle English baptisme
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary
BAPTISMAL Defined for Kids

baptism

noun bap·tism \ˈbap-ˌti-zəm\

Definition of BAPTISM for Kids

:  the act or ceremony of baptizing

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