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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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baptism

noun
1. (Christianity) christening, naming, sprinkling, purification, immersion We are at a site of baptism, a place of worship.
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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
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baptism

[ˈbæptɪzəm] n (RELIGION)baptême m
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baptism

nTaufe f; baptism of fire (fig)Feuertaufe f
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baptism

[ˈbæptɪzm] nbattesimo
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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
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References in classic literature ?
The Count had his own purposes when he gave her what Van Helsing called "the Vampire's baptism of blood." Well, there may be a poison that distills itself out of good things.
For example, when in Catholic primary school in the 1930's, I was taught by "Sister Mary Holy Card" and "Monsignor O'Hooligan" that there were three kinds of baptism: baptism of water, baptism of blood, and baptism of desire:
"We affirm to our two fellow martyrs and the wounded that the baptism of blood in face of the scheme for sedition will continue.