What does baptism mean?

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ˈbæp tɪz əmbap·tism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. baptismnoun

    a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth

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


  1. baptismnoun

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

  2. baptismnoun

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

  3. baptismnoun

    A similar ceremony of initiation, purification or naming.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Baptismnoun

    1.An external ablution of the body, with a certain form of words, which operates and denotes an internal ablution or washing of the soul from original sin. John Ayliffe Parergon.

    Etymology: baptismus, Lat. βαϖτισμὸς

    Baptism is given by water, and that prescript form of words which the church of Christ doth use. Richard Hooker, b. iv. § 1.

    To his great baptism flock’d,
    With awe, the regions round, and with them came
    From Nazareth the son of Joseph deem’d,
    Unmarkt, unknown. Paradise Regained, b. i. l. 21.

    I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I straitened till it be accomplished? Luke, xii. 15.


  1. Baptism

    Baptism, also known as "Down with the Old Man (Up with the New)", is a song written by Mickey Cates, depicting a believer's baptism down an eastern Tennessee river. In 1999, the song was recorded by Kenny Chesney and Randy Travis on the album Everywhere We Go and in 2000, Randy Travis recorded it on the album Inspirational Journey. The solo version was released as a single, peaking at 75th position at the country singles chart of the United States. In 2001 the Randy Travis solo recording was awarded an GMA Dove Award in the "Country song of the year" category. In 1999 the song was recorded by Susie Luchsinger on the album Raised on Faith.


  1. baptism

    Baptism is a religious sacrament or rite of initiation into the Christian faith, typically involving immersion in, pouring of, or sprinkling with water. It symbolizes purification or regeneration and admission to the Christian Church. The form and ceremony of baptism can vary among different Christian denominations. In many traditions, the ritual is performed on infants, while others reserve baptism for those old enough to understand its significant spiritual meaning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Baptismverb

    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


  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. baptism

    A ceremony practised on passengers on their first passing the equinoctial line: a riotous and ludicrous custom, which from the violence of its ducking, shaving, and other practical jokes, is becoming annually less in vogue. It is esteemed a usurpation of privilege to baptize on crossing the tropics.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of baptism in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of baptism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of baptism in a Sentence

  1. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    In recent decades, greater appreciation of our being sisters and brothers in Christ because of our baptism has grown. This has changed the psychological and social climate of our living and praying. We are not enemies but family: a fractured family, but still family.

  2. Arthur Rimbaud:

    I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own.

  3. Richard Olton:

    When I held you in my arms at your baptism, I wanted it to be a fresh start, for you to be more complete than we had ever been ourselves, but I wonder if we expected too much.

  4. Hal Klepak:

    It's his baptism of fire and it's also his 21st birthday, he literally comes of age and in all these dozens of senses he comes of age as well.

  5. E. M. Forster:

    A funeral is not death, any more than baptism is birth or marriage union. All three are the clumsy devices, coming now too late, now too early, by which Society would register the quick motions of man.

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