An example of a catechism is a book studied in a class to be confirmed in the Catholic religion.
- 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
- Obs. catechesis
Origin of catechismEcclesiastical Late Latin catechismus ; from Classical Greek kat?chismos ; from kat?chizein, to catechize ; from kat?chein: see catechetical
- a. A text summarizing the basic principles of a Christian denomination, usually in question-and-answer form.b. Formal indoctrination in the tenets of a Christian denomination; catechesis.
- 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 catechism of liberal America was dominated by references to ‘freedom,’ ‘equality,’ ‘democracy,;rsquo; ‘individualism’” (Joseph Ellis).
- A close questioning or examination, as of a political figure.
Origin of catechismFrench catechisme, from Old French, from Late Latin cat&emacron;chismus, from Late Greek kat&emacron;khismos, from kat&emacron;khizein, to teach by word of mouth; see catechize.
From Late Latin catechismus, from Ancient Greek *κατηχισμός (katēkhismos, “katēkhismos”), from κατηχίζω (katēkhizō, “to catechize”), a later extended form of κατηχέω (katēkheō, “to catechize, instruct, teach by word of mouth”), from κατά (kata, “down”) + ἠχέω (ēkheō, “to sound, to resound”).