unbaptized

adjective

un·​bap·​tized ˌən-bap-ˈtīzd How to pronounce unbaptized (audio)
-ˈbap-ˌtīzd,
 especially Southern  -bab-,
 or  -ˈbab-
: not baptized
unbaptized infants
also, dated : heathenish, profane
… men cling to this old song, because they still have moments of unbaptized and uncommitted life, which give them an appetite for more. Henry David Thoreau

Examples of unbaptized in a Sentence

thus far the novel I've been working on remains unbaptized
Recent Examples on the Web Researchers think the bodies likely belonged to unbaptized children. Moira Ritter, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 Because the Catholic Church promulgated the belief that a child who died unbaptized could not be buried in consecrated ground, lay people desperate for their children to be properly laid to rest would find their own sites of significance. NBC News, 8 Apr. 2021 Duendes, a type of gnome that has long been featured in regional Catholic lore, are said to haunt, and even steal, unbaptized babies. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unbaptized was in the 15th century

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“Unbaptized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbaptized. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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