One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object Christian Church. To baptize (a person) again.
2Figurative and in extended use. especially to renew, rejuvenate, reinvigorate.
3with object To give a new name to (especially when baptized into the Christian Church from another religion); to rename.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Capgrave (1393–1464), prior of Bishop's Lynn, theologian, and historian. From re- + baptize, after post-classical Latin rebaptizare (3rd cent.) and Middle French, French rebaptiser.
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