Definitions for Baptismˈbæp tɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bap•tismˈbæp tɪz əm(n.)

  1. a ceremonial immersion in water, or application of water, as an initiatory rite or sacrament of the Christian church.

    Category: Religion

  2. any similar ceremony or action of initiation, dedication, etc.

Origin of baptism:

1250–1300; ME bapteme < OF < LL baptisma < Gk bapt(ízein) (see baptize ) +-isma -ism

bap•tis′mal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. baptism(noun)

    a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth

    "most churches baptize infants but some insist on adult baptism"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. baptism(noun)ˈbæp tɪz əm

    a ceremony for sb to become a member of the Christian church

Wiktionary

  1. baptism(Noun)

    The Bible Baptist Christian personal ordinance in which one is submerged in water.

  2. baptism(Noun)

    The Christian sacrament in which one is anointed with or submerged in water and sometimes given a name.

  3. baptism(Noun)

    A similar ceremony of initiation, purification or naming.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Baptism(verb)

    the act of baptizing; the application of water to a person, as a sacrament or religious ceremony, by which he is initiated into the visible church of Christ. This is performed by immersion, sprinkling, or pouring

Freebase

  1. Baptism

    Baptism is a Christian rite of admission, almost invariably with the use of water, into the Christian Church generally and also a particular church tradition. Baptism has been called a sacrament and an ordinance of Jesus Christ. In some traditions, baptism is also called christening, but for others the word "christening" is reserved for the baptism of infants. The New Testament reports that Jesus was baptized. The usual form of baptism among the earliest Christians was for the naked candidate to be immersed totally or partially. While John the Baptist's use of a deep river for his baptism suggests immersion, pictorial and archaeological evidence of Christian baptism from the 3rd century onward indicates that a normal form was to have the candidate stand in water while water was poured over the upper body. Other common forms of baptism now in use include pouring water three times on the forehead. Martyrdom was identified early in Church history as "baptism by blood", enabling martyrs who had not been baptized by water to be saved. Later, the Catholic Church identified a baptism of desire, by which those preparing for baptism who die before actually receiving the sacrament are considered saved. As evidenced also in the common Christian practice of infant baptism, baptism was universally seen by Christians as in some sense necessary for salvation, until Huldrych Zwingli in the 16th century denied its necessity.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. baptism

    Hydrocephalic abracadabra.


Translations for Baptism

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

baptism(noun)

(an act of) baptizing

the baptism of the baby.

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