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bap·tism

 (băp′tĭz′əm)
n.
1. A religious rite considered a sacrament by most Christian groups, marked by the symbolic application of water to the head or immersion of the body into water and resulting in admission of the recipient into the community of Christians.
2. A ceremony in certain religious or nonreligious traditions in which one is initiated, purified, or given a name.
3. An initiatory experience, act, or effort: "two brilliant young graduate students whose work for this committee amounted to a baptism in defense policy" (James Carroll).

[Middle English baptisme, from Old French, from Late Latin baptismus, from Greek baptismos, from baptizein, to baptize; see baptize.]

bap·tis′mal adj.
bap·tis′mal·ly adv.

baptism

(ˈbæpˌtɪzəm)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a Christian religious rite consisting of immersion in or sprinkling with water as a sign that the subject is cleansed from sin and constituted as a member of the Church
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the act of baptizing or of undergoing baptism
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) any similar experience of initiation, regeneration, or dedication
bapˈtismal adj
bapˈtismally adv

bap•tism

(ˈbæp tɪz əm)

n.
1. a ceremonial immersion in water, or application of water, as an initiatory rite or sacrament of the Christian church.
2. any similar ceremony or action of initiation, dedication, etc.
[1250–1300; Middle English bapteme < Old French < Late Latin baptisma < Greek bapt(ízein) (see baptize) + -isma -ism]
bap•tis′mal, adj.
bap•tis′mal•ly, adv.

Baptism


a member of a 16th-century Anabaptist sect who refused to learn to read, arguing that the guidance of the Holy Spirit was sufficient for the understanding of the Bible.
1. a belief in adult, as opposed to infant baptism.
2. membership in various Protestant sects advocating adult baptism. — Anabaptist, n., adj.
the denial, on scriptural grounds, of the validity of infant baptism. — antipedobaptist, antipaedobaptist, n.
an interest in collecting Christian baptismal names.
an opponent of baptism.
Christian baptism administered when there is doubt whether a person has already been baptized or whether a former baptism is valid.
the practice of ancient Jewish and early Christian sects involving daily ceremonial baptisms or ablutions. — hemerobaptist, n.
a belief in baptism by immersion. Also called immersionism. — holobaptist, n.
a belief that baptism effects a new birth or regeneration. Also palingenesy. — palingenesist, n. — palingenesian, adj.
a baptism that is in some way irregular or unauthorized. — parabaptist, n.
the historic Christian practice of infant baptism. — pedobaptist, paedobaptist, n.
a member of a sect of Anabaptists founded in Germany in 1534 by Ubbe Phillips.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.baptism - a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirthbaptism - a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth; "most churches baptize infants but some insist on adult baptism"
sacrament - a formal religious ceremony conferring a specific grace on those who receive it; the two Protestant ceremonies are baptism and the Lord's Supper; in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church there are seven traditional rites accepted as instituted by Jesus: baptism and confirmation and Holy Eucharist and penance and holy orders and matrimony and extreme unction
affusion - the act of baptizing someone by pouring water on their head
aspersion, sprinkling - the act of sprinkling water in baptism (rare)
christening - giving a Christian name at baptism
immersion - a form of baptism in which part or all of a person's body is submerged

baptism

noun
1. (Christianity) christening, naming, sprinkling, purification, immersion We are at a site of baptism, a place of worship.
Translations
عمّاد، معموديه، عُمّاد، مَعْموجيّه
křest
dåb
kaste
krštenje
skírn
洗礼
botez
krst
krst
dop

baptism

[ˈbæptɪzəm] N (in general) → bautismo m; (= ceremony) → bautizo m
baptism of firebautismo m de fuego

baptism

[ˈbæptɪzəm] n (RELIGION)baptême m

baptism

nTaufe f; baptism of fire (fig)Feuertaufe f

baptism

[ˈbæptɪzm] nbattesimo

baptize,

baptise

(bӕpˈtaiz) verb
to dip (a person) in water, or sprinkle (someone) with water, as a symbol of acceptance into the Christian church, usually also giving him a name. She was baptized Mary but calls herself Jane.
ˈbaptism (-tizəm) noun
(an act of) baptizing. the baptism of the baby.
bapˈtismal adjective
References in classic literature ?
They repeat baptism every year, they retain the practice of circumcision, they observe the Sabbath, they abstain from all those sorts of flesh which are forbidden by the law.
Doubtless a great anguish may do the work of years, and we may come out from that baptism of fire with a soul full of new awe and new pity.
But the suddenly started Pequod was not quick enough to escape the sound of the splash that the corpse soon made as it struck the sea; not so quick, indeed, but that some of the flying bubbles might have sprinkled her hull with their ghostly baptism.
To his great baptism flocked With awe the regions round, and with them came From Nazareth the son of Joseph deemed To the flood Jordan--came as then obscure, Unmarked, unknown.
He had only heard of baptism, and had only seen the baptism of grown-up men and women.
In particular Don Fernando offered, if he would go back with him, to get his brother the marquis to become godfather at the baptism of Zoraida, and on his own part to provide him with the means of making his appearance in his own country with the credit and comfort he was entitled to.
They were girls of fourteen, always clad in the Virgin's colors, blue and white, having been dedicated to the Blessed Virgin at their baptism.
I do not believe that there is anything sweeter in the world than the ideas which awake in a mother's heart at the sight of her child's tiny shoe; especially if it is a shoe for festivals, for Sunday, for baptism, the shoe embroidered to the very sole, a shoe in which the infant has not yet taken a step.
As in droughty regions baptism by immersion could only be performed symbolically, Mr.
Anne, her pale face blanched with its baptism of pain, her eyes aglow with the holy passion of motherhood, did not need to be told to think of her baby.
I, whom you behold in these black garments of the priesthood -- I, who ascend the sacred desk, and turn my pale face heavenward, taking upon myself to hold communion in your behalf with the Most High Omniscience -- I, in whose daily life you discern the sanctity of Enoch -- I, whose footsteps, as you suppose, leave a gleam along my earthly track, whereby the Pilgrims that shall come after me may be guided to the regions of the blest -- I, who have laid the hand of baptism upon your children -- I, who have breathed the parting prayer over your dying friends, to whom the Amen sounded faintly from a world which they had quitted -- I, your pastor, whom you so reverence and trust, am utterly a pollution and a lie
Hard and reprobate as the godless man seemed now, there had been a time when he had been rocked on the bosom of a mother,--cradled with prayers and pious hymns,--his now seared brow bedewed with the waters of holy baptism.