Affusion



the pouring on of water or other liquid, as in the rite of baptism.
Historical Examples

If the water fall from a considerable height, affusion is then termed douche by the French.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

Naturally, affusion alone is directed in the case of private baptism.
The Legal Position of the Clergy P. V. Smith

affusion, af-fū′zhun, n. the act of pouring upon or sprinkling.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

We shall say nothing as to the defects or merits of aspersion or sprinkling, immersion or dipping, affusion or pouring.
Our Churches and Chapels Atticus

The affusion of water on any substance for the purpose of removing the portion soluble in that fluid.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

The affusion of this ‘oil of consolation’ is literally the casting of oil upon the fire.
The Knickerbocker, Vol. 22, No. 2, August 1843 Various

On the other hand, if resins be dissolved in spirit of wine, the affusion of water will separate them.
Heads of Lectures on a Course of Experimental Philosophy: Particularly Including Chemistry Joseph Priestley

He was permitted to completely slake his thirst, and then the affusion was resumed.
Insomnia; and Other Disorders of Sleep Henry M. Lyman

A few hours after the affusion of the last portion of acid, a slight fire may be kindled in the furnace k.
A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines Andrew Ure

In the latter case a man somewhat advanced in years, kneels to receive baptism, which is administered by affusion only.
Bell’s Cathedrals: The Church of St. Martin Canterbury C. F. Routledge

noun
the baptizing of a person by pouring water onto his head Compare aspersion (sense 3), immersion

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