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baptism
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

7 uses
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Definition
a Christian ceremony signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth

or:

a challenging experience that initiates or purifies
  • Her baby had not been baptized.
    2 — Maiden No More (70% in)
  • She thought of the child consigned to the nethermost corner of hell, as its double doom for lack of baptism and lack of legitimacy; saw the arch-fiend tossing it with his three-pronged fork, like the one they used for heating the oven on baking days; to which picture she added many other quaint and curious details of torment sometimes taught the young in this Christian country.
    2 — Maiden No More (73% in)
  • Tess then stood erect with the infant on her arm beside the basin; the next sister held the Prayer-Book open before her, as the clerk at church held it before the parson; and thus the girl set about baptizing her child.
    2 — Maiden No More (76% in)
  • She had not thought of that, but a name suggested by a phrase in the book of Genesis came into her head as she proceeded with the baptismal service, and now she pronounced it: "SORROW, I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
    2 — Maiden No More (78% in)
  • She had not thought of that, but a name suggested by a phrase in the book of Genesis came into her head as she proceeded with the baptismal service, and now she pronounced it: "SORROW, I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
    2 — Maiden No More (78% in)
  • "And now, sir," she added earnestly, "can you tell me this—will it be just the same for him as if you had baptized him?"
    2 — Maiden No More (85% in)
  • So the baby was carried in a small deal box, under an ancient woman's shawl, to the churchyard that night, and buried by lantern-light, at the cost of a shilling and a pint of beer to the sexton, in that shabby corner of God's allotment where He lets the nettles grow, and where all unbaptized infants, notorious drunkards, suicides, and others of the conjecturally damned are laid.
    2 — Maiden No More (88% in)

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