Middle English Dictionary Entry

cristnen v.
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Entry Info

Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) To baptize (sb.); perform baptisms; convert (a city, nation); (b) fig. to baptize (sb.) spiritually; (c) p.ppl. cristned, Christian; (d) p.ppl. as noun: Christians.
To give (sb., sth.) a name; christen.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • c1400 Life Soul (LdMisc 210)9/9 : What schal Cristes passioun or þe schedyng of his blood, in þe whyche blood þou art icristened…stonde þe to profiʒt?
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    Note: Belongs to sense 1.(b).--per MLL
Note: The list of variant spellings in the form section may be incomplete and / or may need revision to accord with standards of later volumes of the MED.--notes per MLL