Variant of circumcise
- to cut off all or part of the foreskin of (a male)
- to cut off the labia minora or clitoris of (a female)
- Archaic to cleanse from sin; purify
Origin: Middle English circumcisen ; from Old French circonciser ; from Classical Latin circumcisus, past participle of circumcidere, to cut around, inch(es) Ecclesiastical Late Latin to circumcise ; from circum, around plush caedere, to cut: see -cide
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