baptism


baptism
noun Etymology: Middle English baptisme Date: 14th century 1. a. a Christian sacrament marked by ritual use of water and admitting the recipient to the Christian community b. a non-Christian rite using water for ritual purification c. Christian Science purification by or submergence in Spirit 2. an act, experience, or ordeal by which one is purified, sanctified, initiated, or named • baptismal adjectivebaptismally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.