Meaning of baptism

bap•tism

Pronunciation: (bap'tiz-um), [key]
— n.
  1. 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. purification of thought and character.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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