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BAP'TISM, noun [Gr. to baptize.]

1. 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 usually performed by sprinkling or immersion.

2. The sufferings of Christ. Matt.20:22-23.

3. So much of the gospel as was preached by John, the Baptist. Acts 18:25.