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baptism by fire

A change in initial attitude or ideals through a traumatic situation.


  • From the Bible, Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist said... "and He shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire."

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'baptism by fire':

baptism by fireA rite of passage through the survival or success of a crisis.
baptism by fireA trying ordeal that was not experienced before.
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sancti baptismatis ignis

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