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catechism (book)

Definition:

an elementary book summarizing the principles of a Christian religion; written as questions and answers

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Derivative:

catechismal

Plural:

catechisms

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Late Latin catechismus, from Ancient Greek *κατηχισμός ("katēkhismos"), from...
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Wikipedia:

Catechism

a summary or exposition of doctrine, traditionally used in catechesis, or Christian religious teaching of Christian children and adult converts, from New Testament times to the present. Catechisms are doctrinal manuals often in the form of questions ... (37 of 4609 words, pronunciation, 4 images)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

catechism [religious manual]

a manual of religious instruction usually arranged in the form of questions and answers used to instruct the young, to win converts, and to testify to ... (26 of 531 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

catechism | carritch [Scottish, synonym] | catechismal [adjective, derived]

instruction by a series of questions and answers, especially a book containing such instruction on the religious doctrine of a Christian Church | ... (22 of 451 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/catechism

Columbia Encyclopedia:

catechism

originally oral instruction in religion, later written instruction. Catechisms are usually written in the form of questions and answers. Almost as old ... (22 of 289 words, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

catechism

A book giving a brief summary of the basic principles of Christianity in question-and-answer form. | A manual giving basic instruction in a subject, ... (23 of 100 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

catechism | catechismal [adjective, related] | catechistic [adjective, related]

oral instruction | a manual for catechizing ; specifically, a summary of religious doctrine often in the form of questions and answers | a set of ... (24 of 94 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/catechism

Oxford Dictionary:

catechism | catechismal [derived]

a summary of the principles of Christian religion in the form of questions and answers, used for religious instruction. | (in Roman Catholic use) ... (23 of 89 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/catechism

Random House Dictionary:

catechism | carritch [Scottish]

[ecclesiastical] ; an elementary book containing a summary of the ... | a similar book of instruction in other subjects. | a series of formal ... (23 of 70 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

catechism | catechismal [adjective, related] | catechistic [adjective, related]

a handbook of questions and answers for teaching the principles of a religion | any similar handbook for teaching the fundamentals of a subject | a ... (24 of 54 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

catechism [singular]

a set of questions and answers, especially a formal way of teaching people about the Christian religion (17 of 41 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/catechism

Wiktionary:

catechism | catechisms [plural] | categise [eye dialect, archaic, rare, sense-specific]

A book, in question and answer form, summarizing the basic principles of Christianity. | A basic manual in some subject. | A set of questions designed to determine knowledge. (27 of 31 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/catechism

Cambridge Dictionary:

catechism

a group of questions and answers, especially about a set of Christian beliefs (13 of 21 words, pronunciations)

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Encarta Dictionary:

catechism | catechisms [plural]

instruction in the principles of Christianity using set questions and answers | the series of questions and answers that are used to test somebody's ... (23 of 146 words, 6 definitions, pronunciations)

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Etymology references

Wiktionary:

catechism | catechisms [plural]

Origin: Late Latin catechismus, from Ancient Greek *κατηχισμός ("katēkhismos"), from κατηχίζω (katēkhizō, "to catechize"), a later extended form of κατηχέω (katēkheō, "to catechize,... (22 of 38 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/catechism

Online Etymology:

catechism

First use: about 1500

Origin: "instruction in Christian principles", also "elementary question-and-answer book of religious instruction", from Church Latin catechismus "book ... (18 of 26 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

catechism

Origin: French catechisme, from Old French, from Late Latin catēchismus, from Late Greek katēkhismos, from katēkhizein, to ... (16 of 23 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

catechism

Origin: ecclesiastical Late Latin catechismus from Greek katēchismos from katēchizein, to catechize from katēchein: see "catechetical"

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Oxford Dictionary:

catechism

First use: early 16th century

Origin: ecclesiastical Latin catechismus, from ecclesiastical Greek, from katēkhizein (see "catechize")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/catechism

Collins Dictionary:

catechism

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Late Latin catēchismus, ultimately from Greek katēkhizein to catechize

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

Encarta Dictionary:

catechism | catechisms [plural]

First use: Early 16th century

Origin: ecclesiastical Latin catechismus from ecclesiastical Greek katēkhizein

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Collins Dictionary:

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

catechism [singular]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

catechism [singular]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

catechism

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the Free Dictionary:

catechism

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Google Dictionary:

catechism | catechisms [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

catechism

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YourDictionary Audio:

catechism

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