- The Christian sacrament in which one is annointed with or submerged in water and sometimes given a name.
- A similar ceremony of initiation, purification or naming.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
BAPTISM, n. A sacred rite of such efficacy that he who finds himself
in heaven without having undergone it will be unhappy forever. It is
performed with water in two ways -- by immersion, or plunging, and by
aspersion, or sprinkling.
But whether the plan of immersion
Is better than simple aspersion
Let those immersed
And those aspersed
Decide by the Authorized Version,
And by matching their agues tertian.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Bap"tism (&?;), n. [OE. baptim,
baptem, OE. baptesme, batisme, F.
baptême, L. baptisma, fr. Gr. &?;, fr.
&?; to baptize, fr. &?; to dip in water, akin to &?;
deep, Skr. gāh to dip, bathe, v. i.]
The act of baptizing; the application of water to a person, as a
sacrament or religious ceremony, by which he is initiated into the visible
church of Christ. This is performed by immersion, sprinkling, or
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Baptism, the Christian rite of initiation into the membership of the
Church, identified by St. Paul (Rom. vi. 4) with that No to the world
which precedes or rather accompanies Yea to God, but a misunderstanding
of the nature of which has led to endless diversity, debate, and
alienation all over the Churches of Christendom.
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