from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the martyrdom of those who had not been baptized. They were considered as baptized in blood, and this was regarded as a full substitute for literal baptism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A term applied by the early Christians to the martyrdom of those converts who had not been baptized. See baptism of blood, under baptism.


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