• WordNet 3.6
    • n circumcision the act of circumcising; surgical removal of the foreskin of males
    • n circumcision the act of circumcising performed on males eight days after birth as a Jewish and Muslim religious rite
    • n Circumcision (Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Church) feast day celebrating the circumcision of Jesus; celebrated on January 1st
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Circumcision (Script) Rejection of the sins of the flesh; spiritual purification, and acceptance of the Christian faith.
    • Circumcision The act of cutting off the prepuce or foreskin of males, or the internal labia of females.
    • Circumcision (Script) The Jews, as a circumcised people.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n circumcision The act of circumcising, or cutting off the foreskin or prepuce of males, or the performance of an analogous operation on females, as a religious rite, or in accordance with a custom founded on belief in the prophylactic value of the operation. The circumcision of males is recorded in the Old Testament as divinely enjoined on Abraham and his descendants, and is required by the Mosaic law. It is still practised among the Jews, the Christians of Abyssinia, the Mohammedans, and a number of semi-barbarous tribes.
    • n circumcision As metaphorically used in Scripture, spiritual purification.
    • n circumcision Eccles., in the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Anglican churches, a festival observed on the octave of Christmas day (that is, the first day of January), in honor of the circumcision of Christ.
    • n circumcision Those spiritually purified and elevated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Circumcision the act of circumcising
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. circumcisio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. circumcidĕre, circumcisumcædĕre, to cut.


In literature:

In some countries, females are also circumcised by removal of the nymphae.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Next morning the circumcised lads were bathed in the sea and painted red instead of white.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
So that he was not circumcised as a Jew, but, as the Bible says, to have a seal of the righteousness which he had by faith.
"Bertha and Her Baptism" by Nehemiah Adams
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
If anye be called vncircumcised / let hym not be circumcised.
"A Treatise of the Cohabitation Of the Faithful with the Unfaithful" by Peter Martyr
Circumcise, then, my lips, within and without, from all rashness and all untruthfulness.
"On Prayer and The Contemplative Life" by St. Thomas Aquinas
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Circumcision was a binding condition; and its practise therefore became a national characteristic.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
The Circumcision, differently composed.
"Rembrandt and His Works" by John Burnet
The Arabs practiced circumcision long before the advent of Mohammed, who was himself circumcised.
"History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present" by Peter Charles Remondino

In poetry:

Faun's flesh is not to us,
Nor the saint's vision.
We have the press for wafer;
Franchise for circumcision.
"E.P. Ode Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre" by Ezra Pound
By the blessed Saint Iago,
He hath vowed immortal hatred
To these circumcised intruders
Who pollute the soil of Spaniards.
"Don Pedrillo" by Emma Lazarus
Offer thy Son, shou'd God that task require,
And circumcision with respect receive,
Abjure the idols of thy pagan sire,
And at God's nod thy native country leave.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard

In news:

A German Rabbi has become the first person to face criminal charges after performing a circumcision.
A Guide for Perplexed Parents Weighing Circumcision.
Circumcision of infant boys has alternately been called "the unkindest cut" and the key to good penile health and hygiene.
A cross-party motion promoted by Chancellor Angela Merkel passed by the lower house urged the government to present a bill in the fall that would specifically protect the right of circumcision.
Re-Experiencing Circumcision with Lisa Braver Moss.
A San Francisco ballot measure would ban circumcision.
Jewish circumcision ritual raises risk of herpes infection, CDC says.
Why one mother heard all of the opposing arguments, then circumcised her sons anyway.
Forty-four members of Zimbabwe's parliament were circumcised on Friday as part of a national HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.
But Scandinavian leaders refuse to interpret tolerance of female circumcision as politically correct.
Egypt's adopting Sharia Law means more female circumcision.
Thousands of Christians have died, fled their homes or endured forced circumcision and conversion to Islam as Muslim extremists press their 'holy war' in the Moluccas.
Nevertheless, rough estimates of what is common in each country suggest that almost half the women of Africa have been circumcised .
Ancient circumcision ritual raises health concerns.
11 infants contracted herpes due to controversial Jewish circumcision practice.

In science:

The new element is that one can get a circumcising fourth sheet “for free” and thus five sheets suffice.
On 4-fold covering moves