- to remove the prepuce of (a male), especially as a religious rite.
- to remove the clitoris, prepuce, or labia of (a female).
- to purify spiritually.
Origin of circumcise
Examples from the Web for circumcise
Jews circumcise their infant boys on the eighth day of life; Muslims generally do so before age 10.Do Circumcision Bans Protect Kids’ Rights, Or Infringe Upon Parents’?
February 2, 2014
To those who circumcise for religious purposes, the criminalization of the ritual is nothing more than religious discrimination.Europe Goes After Circumcision
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 24, 2012
Saint Paul said that we ought rather to circumcise the heart.Skin In The Game
July 16, 2012
Most Americans circumcise their sons for perceived health reasons.San Francisco's Circumcision Ban
May 23, 2011
God was angry with Moses for delaying, if not neglecting, to circumcise his child.Bertha and Her Baptism
It may be asked why all this care and trouble, and not circumcise at once?History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present
Peter Charles Remondino
It is a singular commencement of his mission, to circumcise the son of a Greek father after he had become a Christian.Supernatural Religion, Vol. III. (of III)
Walter Richard Cassels
They circumcise the Males at 11 or 12 Years of Age, or older; and many are circumcised at once.
To conclude, Paul refused to circumcise Titus for the reason that the false apostles wanted to compel him to circumcise Titus.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
- to remove the foreskin of (a male)
- to incise surgically the skin over the clitoris of (a female)
- to remove the clitoris of (a female)
- to perform the religious rite of circumcision on (someone)
Word Origin and History for circumcise
mid-13c., "to cut off the foreskin," from Old French circoncisier "circumcise" (12c., Modern French circoncire), from Latin circumcisus, past participle of circumcidere "to cut round, to cut trim, to cut off" (see circumcision). Related: Circumcised; circumcising.
- To perform a circumcision.