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Ecclesiastical. a ceremonial immersion in water, or application of water, as an initiatory rite or sacrament of the Christian church.
any similar ceremony or action of initiation, dedication, etc.
a trying or purifying experience or initiation.
Christian Science. purification of thought and character.
Contemporary Examples

Had my baptism of fire my first day here when an entire munition plant exploded … I go to the front tomorrow.
Papa Exposed Alexandra Fuller October 1, 2011

To Jewish genealogist Gary Motokoff, the conversation is over one word: baptism.
Mormons Still Baptizing Dead Jews Despite Agreements to End Practice Allison Yarrow February 14, 2012

To Peterson, the baptism is sacred and willingly blind to religion.
Mormons Still Baptizing Dead Jews Despite Agreements to End Practice Allison Yarrow February 14, 2012

If I find the natural daughter of one of two women, how can I deny her baptism?
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Worsley memorably described the same nightmare as “our baptism—the beginning of the ordeal by water.”
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She also told Vogue magazine that the former prime minister attended the baptism of her girls in the River Jordan in 2010.
Cherie Blair Sues Rupert Murdoch’s News International Mike Giglio February 21, 2012

And right after his stabbing spree, Hannibal goes outside in the rain—a baptism.
Hugh Dancy on ‘Hannibal’s’ Brilliantly Batsh*t Finale and the Future of Will Graham Marlow Stern May 23, 2014

Then there are days that you have a baptism and your on top of the world wishing you never had to come down.
What Happened to a Mormon Missionary Turned America’s Most Wanted? Paige Williams June 25, 2012

Luqman explained that there was a baptism for a newborn baby.
Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple Michael Luongo August 20, 2014

After the Christmas season, the next time Jesus crops up on the church calendar is at his baptism, 29 years later.
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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
the act of baptizing or of undergoing baptism
any similar experience of initiation, regeneration, or dedication

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.

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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