- The definition of baptism is a religious ceremony that involves a brief immersion in water or water being sprinkled over the head or forehead as a symbol of washing away sin.
When a member of the clergy sprinkles water on your forehead and says he does this in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, that is an example of baptism.
The baptism of a baby.
baptism definition by Webster's New World
- a baptizing or being baptized; specif., the ceremony or sacrament of admitting a person into Christianity or a specific Christian church by immersing the individual in water or by pouring or sprinkling water on the individual, as a symbol of washing away sin and of spiritual purification
- any experience or ordeal that initiates, tests, or purifies
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French baptesme ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin baptisma, Christian baptism ; from Classical Latin a dipping under ; from Classical Greek ; from baptizein: see baptize
baptism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A religious sacrament marked by the symbolic application of water to the head or immersion of the body into water and resulting in admission of the recipient into the community of Christians.
- A ceremony, trial, or experience by which one is initiated, purified, or given a name.
Origin: Middle English baptisme, from Old French, from Late Latin baptismus, from Greek baptismos, from baptizein, to baptize; see baptize.
- bap·tisˈmal adjective
- bap·tisˈmal·ly adverb
baptism - Ologies & -Isms Definition
baptism - Cultural 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 (see also Christian) 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.)