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bap·tism  audio  (bptzm) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A religious sacrament marked by the symbolic use of water and resulting in admission of the recipient into the community of Christians.
  2. A ceremony, trial, or experience by which one is initiated, purified, or given a name.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English baptisme, from Old French, from Late Latin baptismus, from Greek baptismos, from baptizein, to baptize ; see baptize

OTHER FORMS:
bap·tismal(Adjective), bap·tismal·ly(Adverb)


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