Definition of circumcision in English:

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Pronunciation: /səːkəmˈsɪʒ(ə)n/


1 [mass noun] The action or practice of circumcising a young boy or man.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • Both songs are traditionally sung by girls during circumcision.
  • Her father, who died five years ago, also decided that the local practice of circumcision was not for his girls.
  • 'By the end of that year, it appeared that we had reduced the circumcision of girls by 36 percent,' he added.
3 (Circumcision) (In church use) the feast of the Circumcision of Christ, 1 January.
Example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with circumcision

collision, concision, decision, derision, division, elision, envision, excision, imprecision, incision, misprision, precisian, precision, provision, scission, vision

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