1. [syn: Circumcision, Feast of the Circumcision, January 1]
2. the act of circumcising performed on males eight days after birth as a Jewish and Muslim religious rite;
3. the act of circumcising; surgical removal of the foreskin of males;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Circumcision \Cir`cum*cision\, n. [L. circumcisio.]
1. The act of cutting off the prepuce or foreskin of males,
or the internal labia of females.
Note: The circumcision of males is practiced as a religious
rite by the Jews, Mohammedans, etc.
(a) The Jews, as a circumcised people.
(b) Rejection of the sins of the flesh; spiritual
purification, and acceptance of the Christian faith.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
36 Moby Thesaurus words for "circumcision":
adoption, agape, asperges, aspersion, auricular confession,
bar mitzvah, bas mitzvah, celebration, confession, confirmation,
conversion, high celebration, incense, invocation,
invocation of saints, kiss of peace, lesser litany, litany,
love feast, lustration, new birth, new life, pax, processional,
rebirth, reciting the rosary, redeemedness, redemption,
reformation, regeneration, salvation, second birth,
spiritual purification, telling of beads, the confessional,