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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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baptismbap‧tis‧m /ˈbæptɪzəm/ ●○○ noun [countable, uncountable]  1 RRCa Christian religious ceremony in which someone is touched or covered with water to welcome them into the Christian faith, and sometimes to officially name themchristening2 baptism of/by firebaptismal /bæpˈtɪzməl/ adjective [only before noun] a baptismal font (=container for holding the water used at baptism)
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baptismAccording to Catholic Church statistics, there were about 25,000 baptisms in Havana in 1989.It is almost impossible to see where events will lead but you are going through a baptism of fire.He remembered hymns and baptisms down on this lake; religious conversion and arms reaching up in real belief.He prepares couples for marriage, and children for baptism and communion.The last three groups were a type of radical Protestant sometimes called Anabaptist, because they did not believe in infant baptism.For a first Mass it had certainly been a tough baptism.
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