baptism

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baptism /ˈbæpˌtɪzəm/ noun
plural baptisms
baptism
/ˈbæpˌtɪzəm/
noun
plural baptisms
Learner's definition of BAPTISM
: a Christian ceremony in which a small amount of water is placed on a person's head or in which a person's body is briefly placed under water
◊ A baptism officially makes someone a member of the Christian Church.
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often used figuratively
◊ A baptism of fire or (chiefly US) baptism by fire is a first experience that is very difficult or painful, such as the first time that soldiers are in a battle.

— baptismal

/bæpˈtʰɪzməɫ/ adjective, always used before a noun
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