To teach the principles of Christian dogma, discipline, and ethics by means of questions and answers.
To question or examine closely or methodically.
To teach, esp. in the principles of religion, by the method of questions and answers.
To question searchingly or fully.
Origin of catechize
- Middle English catecizen from Old French catechiser from Medieval Latin catēchizāre from Late Greek katēkhizein from Greek katēkhein kata- down, off, out cata– ēkhein to sound (from ēkhē sound)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin catechizare, from Ancient Greek κατηχίζειν (katēkhizein), from κατηχέω (katēkheō, “to teach (orally)”), from κατά (kata, “down”) + ἠχέω (ēcheō, “to sound, to resound”).