circumcise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v circumcise cut the foreskin off male babies or teenage boys "During the bris, the baby boy is circumcised"
    • v circumcise cut the skin over the clitoris
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Circumcise To cut off the prepuce of foreskin of, in the case of males, and the internal labia of, in the case of females.
    • Circumcise (Script) To purify spiritually.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • circumcise Literally, to cut round about; specifically, to perform the act or rite of circumcision on: as, to circumcise a child; also occasionally in Scripture, metaphorically, to purify from sin.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Circumcise sėr′kum-sīz to cut off the foreskin according to the Jewish law:
    • v.t Circumcise sėr′kum-sīz (fig.) to purify
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. circumcisus, p. p. of circumcidere, to cut around, to circumcise; circum + caedere, to cut; akin to E. cæsura, homicide, concise, and prob. to shed, v. t
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. circumcidĕre, circumcisumcædĕre, to cut.

Usage

In literature:

At Gilgal he "rolled away the reproach of the Egyptians" by circumcising the people.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
Without circumcision, they believed no man could be acceptable to God.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
Not when circumcised, but whilst uncircumcised.
"A Translation of the New Testament from the original Greek" by T. Haweis
Circumcision may have originated in this way.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
Having secured some 70,000 of them by treachery, he drove them to Seringapatam, where he had them circumcised by force.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
In some provinces circumcision took place, which was effected by means of sharp knives made of flint.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
This circumcision made the child a member of the Jewish church and of the covenant of grace.
"Dorothy Page" by Eldridge B. Hatcher
A second painted about the time is "The Circumcision," belonging to Earl Spencer.
"Great Masters in Painting: Rembrandt van Rijn" by Malcolm Bell
If therefore the uncircumcision keep the ordinances of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be reckoned for circumcision?
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. I" by Charles Gore
Gentiles were to be admitted to brotherhood without circumcision or the keeping of the law.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. II" by Charles Gore
***

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:

The earliest records of male circumcision date back to Egypt's sixth dynasty, with an image on a sarcophagus depicting males being circumcised before entering the priesthood.
During the Armenian genocide in 1915, Armenian men and boys were forcibly circumcised .
Roughly a third of the global male population, including half of all American men, are circumcised .
City officials say that in the past ten years 11 newly circumcised babies contracted herpes from the procedure.
Or that they are forced to perform oral sex with their husbands, who have not been circumcised so the penis stinks due to the buildup of urine.
New York's Mayor on Everything From Campaign Money to Circumcision .
The authors did not take a position on whether newborns should be circumcised .
Among the speakers at Saturday's protest were men who were circumcised days after they were born and still profess to be upset by it, even though the procedure occurred decades ago.
Jewish groups are challenging a new law requiring parental consent for a rare circumcision ritual linked to two infant deaths.
NEW YORK (AP) — A group of rabbis is clashing with New York City health officials over the safety of an ancient circumcision ritual.
NYC, rabbis clash over circumcision .
Rabbis challenge NYC over controversial circumcision .
NYC, rabbis at odds over circumcision ritual.
Suit Is Filed Over Move to Regulate Circumcision .
A regional court in Germany has ruled that the religious circumcision of boys is an assault on their physical integrity.
***

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
***