baptism

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An infant baptism.

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From Middle English bapteme, baptesme, from Old French batesme or bapteme, from Ecclesiastical Latin, Late Latin baptisma, from Ancient Greek βάπτισμα (báptisma, dipping, baptism), from βαπτίζω (baptízō, I dip in liquid).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈbæptɪzəm/
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baptism (countable and uncountable, plural baptisms)

  1. A Christian sacrament, by which one is received into a church and sometimes given a name, generally involving the candidate to be anointed with or submerged in water.
  2. A similar ceremony of initiation, purification or naming.

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