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baptism

[bap-tiz-uh m] /ˈbæp tɪz əm/
noun
1.
Ecclesiastical. 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.
3.
a trying or purifying experience or initiation.
4.
Christian Science. purification of thought and character.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Late Latin baptisma < Greek bapt(ízein) to baptize + -isma -ism; replacing Middle English bapteme < Old French < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
baptismal
[bap-tiz-muh l] /bæpˈtɪz məl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
baptismally, adverb
postbaptismal, adjective
pseudobaptismal, adjective
rebaptism, noun
Synonyms
2. induction, admittance, introduction.
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  • The postbaptismal chrismation in particular was reserved to the bishop.
British Dictionary definitions for postbaptismal

baptism

/ˈbæpˌtɪzəm/
noun
1.
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.
the act of baptizing or of undergoing baptism
3.
any similar experience of initiation, regeneration, or dedication
Derived Forms
baptismal, adjective
baptismally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for postbaptismal

baptism

n.

c.1300, bapteme, from Old French batesme, bapteme (11c., Modern French baptême), from Latin baptismus, from Greek baptismos, noun of action from baptizein (see baptize). The -s- restored in later 14c.

Figurative sense is from late 14c. The Anglo-Saxons used fulluht in this sense (John the Baptist was Iohannes se Fulluhtere). Phrase baptism of fire "a soldier's first experience of battle" (1857) translates French baptême de feu; the phrase originally was ecclesiastical Greek baptisma pyros and meant "the grace of the Holy Spirit as imparted through baptism." Later it was used of martyrdom, especially by burning.

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postbaptismal in Culture

baptism definition


The ceremony of initiation into Christianity; in most Christian churches, it is considered a sacrament. Persons baptized either have water poured on them or are immersed in water; some groups of Christians insist on immersion. The effect of baptism, in Christian belief, is to cleanse persons of their sins, so that they are born into a new life with Jesus. Most churches baptize members when they are infants, but some groups, like the Baptists, insist on adult baptism. Jesus himself was baptized. (See John the Baptist.)

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