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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Confirmation  \Con`fir*ma"tion\,  n.  [F.  confirmation,  L. 
  confirmatio.] 
  1.  The  act  of  confirming  or  strengthening;  the  act  of 
  establishing,  ratifying,  or  sanctioning;  as  the 
  confirmation  of  an  appointment. 
 
  Their  blood  is  shed  In  confirmation  of  the  noblest 
  claim.  --Cowper. 
 
  2.  That  which  confirms;  that  which  gives  new  strength  or 
  assurance;  as  to  a  statement  or  belief;  additional 
  evidence;  proof;  convincing  testimony. 
 
  Trifles  light  as  air  Are  to  the  jealous 
  confirmations  strong  As  proofs  of  holy  writ.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  (Eccl.)  A  rite  supplemental  to  baptism,  by  which  a  person 
  is  admitted,  through  the  laying  on  of  the  hands  of  a 
  bishop,  to  the  full  privileges  of  the  church,  as  in  the 
  Roman  Catholic,  the  Episcopal  Church,  etc 
 
  This  ordinance  is  called  confirmation,  because  they 
  who  duly  receive  it  are  confirmed  or  strengthened 
  for  the  fulfillment  of  their  Christian  duties,  by 
  the  grace  therein  bestowed  upon  them  --Hook. 
 
  4.  (Law)  A  conveyance  by  which  a  voidable  estate  is  made  sure 
  and  not  voidable,  or  by  which  a  particular  estate  is 
  increased;  a  contract,  express  or  implied,  by  which  a 
  person  makes  that  firm  and  binding  which  was  before 
  voidable. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  confirmation 
  n  1:  additional  proof  that  something  that  was  believed  is  true; 
  "fossils  provided  further  confirmation  of  the 
  evolutionary  theory"  [syn:  {verification},  {check},  {substantiation}] 
  2:  information  that  confirms  or  verifies 
  3:  making  something  valid  by  formally  ratifying  or  confirming 
  it  "the  ratification  of  the  treaty";  "confirmation  of  the 
  appointment"  [syn:  {ratification}] 
  4:  a  ceremony  held  in  the  synagogue  (usually  at  Pentecost)  to 
  admit  as  adult  members  of  the  Jewish  community  young  men 
  and  women  who  have  successfully  completed  a  course  of 
  study  in  Judaism 
  5:  a  sacrament  admitting  a  baptized  person  to  full 
  participation  in  the  church 




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