circumcision

Part of speech: noun

The initiatory rite of Judaism; spiritual purification; the Jewish people.

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Usage examples "circumcision":

  1. And a main source, sir, of that iniquity, hath been an abuse of the covenant of circumcision, which gave the seed of Abraham to destroy the inhabitants of Canaan, and to take their houses, vineyards, and all their estates, as their own; and also to buy and hold others as servants. - "The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus", American Anti-Slavery Society.
  2. This Christian circumcision is described in three particulars: as " not made with hands;" as consisting in " putting off the body of the flesh;" and as being " of Christ." - "The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon", Alexander Maclaren.
  3. Circumcision was no doubt an offshoot of phallicism. - "The Eliminator; or, Skeleton Keys to Sacerdotal Secrets", Richard B. Westbrook.