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.(noun)
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.
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Origin: ME & OFr baptesme < LL(Ec) baptisma, Christian baptism < L, a dipping under < Gr < baptizein: see baptize
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Origin: Middle English baptisme
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Late Latin baptismus
Origin: , from Greek baptismos
Origin: , from baptizein, to baptize; see baptize.
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a member of a 16th-century Anabaptist sect who refused to learn to read, arguing that the guidance of the Holy Spirit was sufficient for the understanding of the Bible.
1. a belief in adult, as opposed to infant baptism.
2. membership in various Protestant sects advocating adult baptism. —Anabaptist, n., adj.
the denial, on scriptural grounds, of the validity of infant baptism. —antipedobaptist, antipaedobaptist, n.
an interest in collecting Christian baptismal names.
an opponent of baptism.
Christian baptism administered when there is doubt whether a person has already been baptized or whether a former baptism is valid.
the practice of ancient Jewish and early Christian sects involving daily ceremonial baptisms or ablutions. —hemerobaptist, n.
a belief in baptism by immersion. Also called immersionism. —holobaptist, n.
a belief that baptism effects a new birth or regeneration. Also palingenesy. —palingenesist, n. —palingenesian, adj.
a baptism that is in some way irregular or unauthorized. —parabaptist, n.
the historic Christian practice of infant baptism. —pedobaptist, paedobaptist, n.
a member of a sect of Anabaptists founded in Germany in 1534 by Ubbe Phillips.
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