Catechism Definition

kătĭ-kĭzəm
noun
A handbook of questions and answers for teaching the principles of a religion.
Webster's New World
A text summarizing the basic principles of a Christian denomination, usually in question-and-answer form.
American Heritage
Any similar handbook for teaching the fundamentals of a subject.
Webster's New World
Catechesis.
Webster's New World
A body of fundamental principles or beliefs, especially when accepted uncritically.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Catechism

Noun

Singular:
catechism
Plural:
catechisms

Origin of Catechism

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • French catechisme from Old French from Late Latin catēchismus from Late Greek katēkhismos from katēkhizein to teach by word of mouth catechize

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French catechisme from Old French from Late Latin catēchismus from Late Greek katēkhismos from katēkhizein to teach by word of mouth catechize

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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