baptism of fire


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baptism of fire

n.
1. A soldier's first experience of actual combat conditions.
2. A severe ordeal experienced for the first time.

baptism of fire

n
1. (Military) a soldier's first experience of battle
2. any initiating ordeal or experience
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the penetration of the Holy Ghost into the human spirit to purify, consecrate, and strengthen it, as was believed to have occurred initially at Pentecost

bap′tism of fire′


n.
1. spiritual sanctification as a gift of the Holy Ghost.
2. the first experience of a soldier in combat.
3. any severe ordeal that tests one's endurance.
[1815–25]
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