Baptise vs. baptize

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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]

Examples outside North America:

A baptism will be a real family affair on Sunday when two married vicars baptise the first baby in their new church – their own daughter. [Oxford Times]

Luxembourg’s Little Princess Amalia was baptised on Saturday afternoon in the chapel of the small town of Saint-Ferréol-de Lorgues in France, near to the residence of her parents, Prince Félix and Princess Claire. [Luremburger Wort]

The Church of England is to debate “shorter, clearer” liturgy for use at baptism services. [South Wales Guardian]

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