Definition of circumcision in English:


Line breaks: cir¦cum|ci¦sion
Pronunciation: /səːkəmˈsɪʒ(ə)n


  • 1 [mass noun] The action or practice of circumcising a young boy or man.
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    • Ever since Abraham, circumcision was the way Jews marked their covenant with God.
    • Brit Milah, or circumcision, is performed on a Jewish male eight days after he is born.
    • In the past, young boys underwent ritual circumcision at a relatively late age.
  • 2 [mass noun] The action or practice of circumcising a girl or young woman; female circumcision.
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    • The programme has also helped to cut down the number of young girls lined up for circumcision in the area this year.
    • An Australian couple has appeared in court for allegedly organising an illegal circumcision of their one-year-old baby girl in Indonesian province of Bali.
    • Circumcision deprives girls of much of their ability to experience sexual pleasure.
  • 3 (Circumcision) (In church use) the feast of the Circumcision of Christ, 1 January.
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    • New Years is still observed as the Feast of Christ's Circumcision by some denominations.
    • Most secular celebrations also are tied to religious holidays, like Christmas or New Year's (the Circumcision of Jesus).


Middle English: from late Latin circumcisio(n-), from the verb circumcidere (see circumcise).

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