Baptise vs. baptize

To baptize something or someone is to perform the ceremony of baptism. This baptism has varied meanings and procedures depending on the organization performing it. In Christian churches a baptism can give a person a name, make him or her a member of the congregation, or cleanse him or her of sin (or sometimes all three of these things). The word is sometimes pronounced with a sound, especially in the Southern United States.

Baptise is the preferred spelling outside North America; as well as: baptised and baptising. For North America the standard is baptize, baptizing, baptized.

However, baptism is used everywhere.


Examples in North America:

On Sunday, the Romano family was on the brink of a new life – they had moved to Burlington from Winnipeg and were on their way to Argentina to baptize their 15-month-old son Lucca. [Toronto Star]

Baldwin was baptized into the LDS Church in May, just one week after her 100th birthday. [Deseret News]

A beach baptism ceremony hosted by Christ Journey Church was held at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne on Saturday, July 26, 2014. [Miami Herald]


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  1. Thanks a lot for the lightening information.

  2. mxchampagne says:

    “The word is sometimes pronounced with a b sound, especially in the Southern United States.”
    Ummm … the word has a “b” at its beginning. And it is pronounced with the expected standard “b” sound. Am I missing something?

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