A well-known politician, who died only recently, was born in the village, and the old rector was called on to baptize him.
What right, said they, had a man to baptize who had been ordained in this irregular manner?
An' Annancy made a bargain with his t'ree friend an' is going to baptize Brother Crab with boiling water.
It was the practice, then, in Origen's day, to baptize infants.
Den sometime a white preacherman come and he am de Baptist and baptize we'uns.
You must promise to marry us all, and then baptize the babies.'
He had been called out to baptize a sick baby and pray by its dying mother.
John baptized you with water, but I will baptize you with the Holy Ghost!
I often hear this alleged, Mr. K., and we are called Romish and Popish because we baptize infants.
Desist, or I will baptize you in the well as Philip did the Ethiopian, without a sponsor.
c.1300, from Old French batisier (11c.), from Latin baptizare, from Greek baptizein "to immerse, to dip in water," also used figuratively, e.g. "to be over one's head" (in debt, etc.), "to be soaked (in wine);" in Greek Christian usage, "baptize;" from baptein "to dip, steep, dye, color," from PIE root *gwabh- "to dip, sink." Christian baptism originally consisted in full immersion. Related: Baptized; baptizing.