Circumcise Definition

circumcised, circumcising
To cut off all or part of the foreskin of (a male)
Webster's New World
To cut off the labia minora or clitoris of (a female)
Webster's New World
To cleanse from sin; purify.
Webster's New World

Origin of Circumcise

  • Middle English circumcisen from Latin circumcīdere circumcīs- to cut around circum- circum- caedere to cut kaə-id- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French circoncisier, from Latin circumcīdō (“cut around”), from circum (“about, around; through”) + caedō (“cut, hew”).

    From Wiktionary

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