un·​bap·​tized | \ ˌən-bap-ˈtīzd How to pronounce unbaptized (audio) , -ˈbap-ˌtīzd, especially Southern -bab- or -ˈbab- \

Definition of unbaptized

: 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

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of unbaptized

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unbaptized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbaptized. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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