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A pouring on of liquid, as in baptism.

[Late Latin affūsiō, affūsiōn-, from Latin affūsus, past participle of affundere, to pour on : ad-, ad- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]


(Ecclesiastical Terms) the baptizing of a person by pouring water onto his head. Compare aspersion3, immersion
[C17: from Late Latin affūsiōn- a pouring upon, from affundere, from fundere to pour]


(əˈfyu ʒən)

the pouring on of water or other liquid, as in baptism.
[1605–15; < Late Latin affūsiō < Latin affu(n)d(ere) to pour on]
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Noun1.affusion - the act of baptizing someone by pouring water on their headaffusion - the act of baptizing someone by pouring water on their head
baptism - a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth; "most churches baptize infants but some insist on adult baptism"
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