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catechumen

Definition:

a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

catechumens

Type of:

student » enrollee » person » organism

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

neophyte

Etymology:

Old French catéchumène or ecclesiastical Latin catechumenus, from Ancient Greek...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Catechumen

one receiving instruction from a catechist in the principles of the Christian religion with a view to baptism. The title and practice is most often used by Orthodox Christians and by Roman Catholics. Although Catechumens existed by the time of the... (41 of 2125 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Catechumen

Collins Dictionary:

catechumen [Christianity] | catechumenal [derived]

a person, especially in the early Church, undergoing instruction prior to baptism (12 of 291 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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

Britannica Encyclopedia:

catechumen [Christianity]

a person who receives instruction in the Christian religion in order to be baptized. According to the New Testament, the apostles instructed converts ... (23 of 146 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/99350​/catechumen

Merriam-Webster:

catechumen

a convert to Christianity receiving training in doctrine and discipline before baptism | one receiving instruction in the basic doctrines of ... (20 of 58 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

catechumen

a person who is receiving instruction in preparation for Christian baptism or confirmation. | a young Christian preparing for confirmation. (19 of 56 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/catechumen

American Heritage Dictionary:

catechumen

One who is being taught the principles of Christianity. | One who is being instructed in a subject at an elementary level. (21 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/catechumen

New World Dictionary:

catechumen

a person, especially an adult, receiving instruction in the fundamentals of Christianity before baptism or confirmation | a person receiving ... (19 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/catechumen

Random House Dictionary:

catechumen

[ecclesiastical] a person under instruction in the rudiments of Christianity, as in the early church; a neophyte. | a person being taught the ... (22 of 35 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/catechumen

Wiktionary:

catechumen | catechumens [plural]

A convert to Christianity under instruction before baptism; a young Christian preparing for confirmation. (14 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/catechumen

Macmillan British Dictionary:

neophyte [countable, formal] | neophytes [plural]

someone who is just learning to do something and does not have much experience or skill (16 of 43 words, pronunciation)

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

neophyte [formal]

someone who has recently become involved in an activity and is still learning about it (15 of 22 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/neophyte

Columbia Encyclopedia:

eye | compound eye | cornea | iris | ocellus | pupil | sclera

organ of vision and light perception. In humans the eye is of the camera type, with an iris diaphragm and variable focusing, or accommodation. Other ... (25 of 98 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0818062​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

catechumen | catechumens [plural]

somebody who receives instruction in preparation for Christian baptism or confirmation (11 of 48 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595459​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

catechumen | catechumens [plural]

Origin: Old French catéchumène or ecclesiastical Latin catechumenus, from Ancient Greek κατηχούμενος (katēkhoumenos, "being instructed"), present participle passive of κατηχέω (katēkheō, "sound through,... (22 of 32 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/catechumen

American Heritage Dictionary:

catechumen

Origin: Middle English cathecumine, from Old French catechumene, from Latin catēchūmenus, from Greek katēkhoumenos, present ... (14 of 22 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/catechumen

Online Etymology:

catechumen

First use: 15th century

Origin: "new convert", from French catéchumène, from Latin catechumenus, from Greek katekhoumenos "one being instructed", passive present ... (18 of 21 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=catechumen

Collins Dictionary:

catechumen [Christianity]

First use: 15th century

Origin: via Old French, from Late Latin, from Greek katēkhoumenos one being instructed verbally, from katēkhein; see catechize

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

Oxford Dictionary:

catechumen

Origin: late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek katēkhoumenos "being instructed", present participle of katēkhein "instruct ... (16 of 19 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/catechumen

Merriam-Webster:

catechumen

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English cathecumyn, from Late Latin catechumenus, from Greek katēchoumenos, present passive participle of katēchein

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

New World Dictionary:

catechumen

Origin: Middle English cathecumine from ecclesiastical Late Latin catechumenus from Greek katēchoumenos, person instructed from katēchein: see "catechetical"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/catechumen

Encarta Dictionary:

catechumen | catechumens [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Directly or via French from ecclesiastical Latin catechumenus from Greek katēkhoumenos "being instructed", form of katēkhein

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595459​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

catechumen [Christianity]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "catechumen"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "catechumen"

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the Free Dictionary:

catechumen

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "catechumen"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "catechumen" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

catechumen | catechumens [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "catechumen"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

catechumen

Audio: North American pronunciation of "catechumen"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=catech​16 word=catechumen

YourDictionary Audio:

catechumen

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "catechumen" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/catechumen

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