To baptize is to initiate or bring someone into a group. This word is often associated with the religious practice of baptizing a baby or baptizing a person who converts to a new religion. Baptismal rites almost always involve the use of water on the forehead or a person’s body is fully submerged in water.
The word "baptism" is a noun.
Sometimes the word "baptism" is used figuratively when a person undergoes an experience that is difficult or transformative.
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December 2, 2015