Cir"cum*cise (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Circumcised (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Circumcising.] [L. circumcisus, p. p. of circumcidere to cut around, to circumcise; circum + caedere to cut; akin to E. caesura, homicide, concise, and prob. to shed, v. t.]
To cut off the prepuce of foreskin of, in the case of males, and the internal labia of, in the case of females.
To purify spiritually.
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