What does baptism mean?

baptism meaning in General Dictionary

The work of baptizing the application of liquid to one as a sacrament or religious service in which he is initiated to the visible chapel of Christ that is carried out by immersion sprinkling or pouring

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  • a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth
  • The work of baptizing; the application of water to a individual, as a sacrament or religious service, in which he is started in to the visible church of Christ. It is performed by immersion, sprinkling, or pouring.

baptism meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, bapteme, from Old French batesme, bapteme (11c., Modern French bapt

baptism meaning in Philosophy Dictionary

A rite of commitment and induction of an person into a circle of social and spiritual privilege. The rite is normally of a ceremonious nature with pledges given (by proxy regarding infants), prayers and followed closely by some visible sign (particularly liquid, symbolization of purification, or wine, honey, oil or blood) sealing the relationship of fellowship. In its first form the rite most likely symbolized not only an initiation nevertheless magical elimination of some tabu or demon ownership (exorcism -- see Demonology), the authenticity of delivery, the inheritance of privilege, the assumption of a title and the expectancy of obligation. In Christian groups the rite features presumed the standing of a sacrament, the supernatural rebirth into the Divine Kingdom. Various forms consist of sprinkling with water, immersion, or the laying on of hands. In certain Christian groups it really is considered less a mystical rite plus a sign of a covenant of salvation and consecration towards higher life. -- V.F.

baptism meaning in General Dictionary

(v. i.) The act of baptizing; the use of water to someone, as a sacrament or spiritual service, in which he's initiated in to the visible chapel of Christ. This will be done by immersion, sprinkling, or pouring.

Sentence Examples with the word baptism

His nurse, a Catholic, arranged with her priest for his baptism in that faith, unknown to his parents, on the 24th of June 1858.

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