transitive verb-·chized·, -·chiz·ing
- to teach, esp. in the principles of religion, by the method of questions and answers
- to question searchingly or fully
Origin of catechizeMiddle English catecizen from Ecclesiastical Late Latin catechizare from Classical Greek kat?chizein: see catechetical
transitive verbcat·e·chized, cat·e·chiz·ing, cat·e·chiz·es
- To teach the principles of Christian dogma, discipline, and ethics by means of questions and answers.
- To question or examine closely or methodically: “Boswell was eternally catechizing him on all kinds of subjects” ( Thomas Macaulay )
Origin of catechizeMiddle English catecizen from Old French catechiser from Medieval Latin catēchizāre from Late Greek katēkhizein from Greek katēkhein kata- down, off, out ; see cata- . ēkhein to sound ( from ēkhē sound )
(third-person singular simple present catechizes, present participle catechizing, simple past and past participle catechized)
From Latin catechizare, from Ancient Greek κατηχίζειν (katēkhizein), from κατηχέω (katēkheō, “to teach (orally)”), from κατά (kata, “down”) + ἠχέω (ēcheō, “to sound, to resound”).