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baptism
used in The Souls of Black Folk

4 uses
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Definition
a Christian ceremony signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth

or:

a challenging experience that initiates or purifies
  • Once, they say, even Atlanta slept dull and drowsy at the foot-hills of the Alleghanies, until the iron baptism of war awakened her with its sullen waters, aroused and maddened her, and left her listening to the sea.
    Chapter 5 (5% in)
  • At the same time, the visible rite of baptism appealed strongly to their mystic temperament.
    Chapter 10 (44% in)
  • What difference does it make whether a man be baptized in river or washbowl, or not at all?
    Chapter 13 (60% in)
  • Little had they understood of what he said, for he spoke an unknown tongue, save the last word about baptism; that they knew, and they sat very still while the clock ticked.
    Chapter 13 (61% in)

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