baptism of fire


Also found in: Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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]
References in classic literature ?
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.
I congratulate you, Count, on your baptism of fire!"
And the 33-year-old former England and Chelsea centre-back is in line for a baptism of fire - a Crystal Palace debut at Manchester United on Saturday.
Alalaong baga, the mission of Jesus of setting the Earth on fire meant His own baptism of fire, which He looked forward to with passion even as it meant the antagonism against Him resulting in His suffering and death for the salvation of all.
In a fresh reading of John the Baptist's words "He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire" (Matthew 3:11), McManigal argues that the future baptism as conceived by Matthew is not the gift of Pentecost, is not separate baptisms for the good and the evil, and is not a baptism of fire through which all must pass.
TACLOBAN CITY - Army troops clashed on a test mission had their baptism of fire when they clashed with at least 20 members of the New People's Army (NPA) Thursday morning in Calu-bian town, Leyte.
2 GROUP OF DEATH Shelley Kerr's Scotland's women have been paired with England, Japan and Argentina in Group D for next summer's World Cup in France and it'll be a baptism of fire at their first venture to the finals.
McBookie.com believe it could be a baptism of fire for the new boss and make the capital side 11/10 favourites with Stirling 13/5 and the draw 12/5.
SHEPSHED'S Dominic Brewin was in action at the Mallory Park's race of the year at the weekend and had a baptism of fire making his debut on the track.
Butcher will have his baptism of fire for Phl XI in the Nov.
But I can't help thinking that, like Stevie, it's also a baptism of fire.
'This (fire) is a baptism of fire of our MOA,' she said.