noun bap·tism \ ˈbap-ˌti-zəm , especially Southern ˈbab- \
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

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


play \bap-ˈtiz-məl, especially Southern bab-\ adjective


play \-mə-lē\ adverb

Examples of baptism in a Sentence

  1. There were over 100 baptisms at our church last year.

  2. He received the sacrament of baptism as an infant.

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In Christianity, baptism is the sacrament of admission to the church, symbolized by the pouring or sprinkling of water on the head or by immersion in water. The ceremony is usually accompanied by the words “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” In the doctrine originated by St. Paul, it signifies the wiping away of past sins and the rebirth of the individual into a new life. Judaism practiced ritual purification by immersion, and the Gospels report that John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Baptism was an important ritual in the early church by the first century ce, and infant baptism appeared c. 200 ce. Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and most Protestant churches practice infant baptism. The Anabaptist reformers insisted on adult baptism after a confession of faith; modern Baptists and the Disciples of Christ also practice adult baptism.

Origin and Etymology of baptism

Middle English baptisme

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BAPTISM Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of baptism for English Language Learners

  • : 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

BAPTISM Defined for Kids


noun bap·tism \ ˈbap-ˌti-zəm \

Definition of baptism for Students

: the act or ceremony of baptizing

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