Variant of baptism
- 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
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