Definition of confirmation in English:

confirmation

Line breaks: con|firm|ation
Pronunciation: /kɒnfəˈmeɪʃ(ə)n
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
  • 2(In the Christian Church) the rite at which a baptized person, especially one baptized as an infant, affirms Christian belief and is admitted as a full member of the Church: [count noun]: the kind of joy mixed with tears one finds at weddings and confirmations
    More example sentences
    • Members attend ritual events such as baptisms, confirmations, wedding ceremonies, and funerals and major religious events such as Christmas and Easter.
    • This will stop them inviting you to baptisms, communions, confirmations, funerals and possibly even weddings.
    • Local priests hold religious services and perform baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals.
  • 2.1The Jewish ceremony of bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah.
    More example sentences
    • Liberal and Reform synagogues have abandoned their erstwhile preference for confirmation over Bar and Batmitzvah.
    • At the age of thirteen, he had a traditional Jewish confirmation which was soon followed by an interest in Catholicism.
    • The first time a Jewish confirmation was conducted seems to have been in the modern Jewish school in Dessau in 1803.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin confirmatio(n-), from confirmare 'make firm, establish' (see confirm).

More definitions of confirmation

Definition of confirmation in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day milord
Pronunciation: məˈlôrd
noun
used to address an English nobleman