- The definition of a catechism is a question and answer style manual giving the basics of a religion or instructions in other subjects.
An example of a catechism is a book studied in a class to be confirmed in the Catholic religion.
catechism definition by Webster's New World
- a handbook of questions and answers for teaching the principles of a religion
- any similar handbook for teaching the fundamentals of a subject
- a formal series of questions; close questioning
- Obsolete catechesis
Origin: Ecclesiastical Late Latin catechismus ; from Classical Greek katēchismos ; from katēchizein, to catechize ; from katēchein: see catechetical
catechism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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, usually by rote or repetition.
- A body of fundamental principles or beliefs, especially when accepted uncritically: “the core of the catechism of the antinuclear left, the notion that the threat to peace is technological, not political” (George F. Will).
- A close questioning or examination, as of a political figure.
Origin: French catechisme, from Old French, from Late Latin catēchismus, from Late Greek katēkhismos, from katēkhizein, to teach by word of mouth; see catechize.