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Meaning of circumcision

cir•cum•ci•sion

Pronunciation: (sûr"kum-sizh'un), [key]
— n.
  1. an act, instance, or the rite of circumcising.
  2. clitoridectomy.
  3. spiritual purification.
  4. (cap.) a church festival in honor of the circumcision of Jesus, observed on January 1.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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