baptism of fire

variants: or chiefly U.S.

baptism by fire

Definition of baptism of fire

  1. 1 :  an introductory or initial experience that is a severe ordeal; especially :  a soldier's first exposure to enemy fire

  2. 2 :  a spiritual baptism by a gift of the Holy Spirit —often used in allusion to Acts 2:3–4; Mt 3:11 (RSV)

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