verb (used with object), cir·cum·cised, cir·cum·cis·ing.
- circumanal gland,
Origin of circumcise
Examples from the Web for circumcise
To those who circumcise for religious purposes, the criminalization of the ritual is nothing more than religious discrimination.
Saint Paul said that we ought rather to circumcise the heart.
Most Americans circumcise their sons for perceived health reasons.
God was angry with Moses for delaying, if not neglecting, to circumcise his child.Bertha and Her Baptism|Nehemiah Adams
O that people did but know this to cleanse them, to circumcise them, to quicken them, and to make them new creatures indeed!
Infant deformation is not practised in any form by the Mafulu people; nor do they circumcise their children.The Mafulu|Robert W. Williamson
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
God will circumcise thine heart, and thy children's heart, that thou mayest love him with all thine heart.The Thoughts of Blaise Pascal|Blaise Pascal
Word Origin 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.