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Definitions of circumcision

  1. the act of circumcising; surgical removal of the foreskin of males Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the act of circumcising performed on males eight days after birth as a Jewish and Muslim religious rite Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Church) feast day celebrating the circumcision of Jesus; celebrated on January 1st Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. The Jews, as a circumcised people. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Rejection of the sins of the flesh; spiritual purification, and acceptance of the Christian faith. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Act of circumcising. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. The initiatory rite of Judaism; spiritual purification; the Jewish people. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. The act of circumcising, performed among the Jews as a symbol of religious separation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. The act or ceremony of cutting off the foreskin among the Jews, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for circumcision

  1. The circumcision was to be next day. – The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  2. In his last imprisonment he wrote it to the Colossians: " There cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman; but Christ is all, and in all." – Christianity and Progress by Harry Emerson Fosdick