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used in The Grapes of Wrath

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a Christian ceremony signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth


a challenging experience that initiates or purifies
  • Baptized both of you in the irrigation ditch at once.
    Chapter 4 (21% in)
baptized = "spiritually renewed" in a Christian ceremony

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
  • An' some I'd baptize to bring 'em to.
    Chapter 4 (35% in)
  • " "Well"—the preacher said slowly—"here's you that I baptized right when I was in the glory roof-tree.
    Chapter 4 (57% in)
  • "Maybe you never seen Uncle John the time they baptized him over to Polk's place.
    Chapter 4 (87% in)
  • We baptize' you both in the name of the Holy Ghos', and still you hung on.
    Chapter 6 (13% in)
  • He looks baptized.
    Chapter 10 (14% in)
  • He sure looks baptized.
    Chapter 10 (14% in)
  • There is a man that's baptized.
    Chapter 10 (14% in)
  • " "An' you ain't gonna baptize?"
    Chapter 10 (17% in)
  • "I ain't gonna baptize.
    Chapter 10 (17% in)

There are no more uses of "baptism" in The Grapes of Wrath.

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