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baptism
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
a Christian ceremony signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth

or:

a challenging experience that initiates or purifies
  • There is a deal of obscurity concerning the identity of the species thus multitudinously baptised.
    Chapters 31-33 — Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (39% in)
  • But by and by, he said, he would return,—as soon as he felt himself baptized again.
    Chapters 10-12 — A Bosom Friend; Nightgown; Biographical (93% in)
  • "No," said Peleg, "and he hasn't been baptized right either, or it would have washed some of that devil's blue off his face."
    Chapters 16-18 — The Ship; The Ramadan; His Mark (88% in)
  • "Ego non baptizo te in nomine patris, sed in nomine diaboli!" deliriously howled Ahab, as the malignant iron scorchingly devoured the baptismal blood.
    Chapters 112-114 — The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (69% in)
  • But the suddenly started Pequod was not quick enough to escape the sound of the splash that the corpse soon made as it struck the sea; not so quick, indeed, but that some of the flying bubbles might have sprinkled her hull with their ghostly baptism.
    Chapters 130-132 — The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (56% in)

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