WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bap•tism /ˈbæptɪzəm/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Religion
    • [uncountable] a ceremony in which a person is sprinkled or covered with water as a sign of acceptance into the Christian church.
    • [countable] an instance or occasion of baptism:Babies sometimes cry during their baptisms.
bap•tis•mal /bæpˈtɪzməl/USA pronunciation  adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bap•tism  (baptiz əm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. [Eccles.]a ceremonial immersion in water, or application of water, as an initiatory rite or sacrament of the Christian church.
  2. any similar ceremony or action of initiation, dedication, etc.
  3. a trying or purifying experience or initiation.
  4. [Christian Science.]purification of thought and character.
bap•tis•mal  (bap tizməl),USA pronunciation adj.  bap•tismal•ly, adv. 
  • Late Latin, as above
  • Old French
  • Greek bapt(ízein) to baptize + -isma -ism; replacing Middle English bapteme
  • Late Latin baptisma
  • 1250–1300; Middle English
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged induction, admittance, introduction.

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baptism /ˈbæpˌtɪzəm/ n
  1. a Christian religious rite consisting of immersion in or sprinkling with water as a sign that the subject is cleansed from sin and constituted as a member of the Church

bapˈtismal adj bapˈtismally adv

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