catechism


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cat·e·chism

 (kăt′ĭ-kĭz′əm)
n.
1.
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.
2. A manual giving basic instruction in a subject, usually by rote or repetition.
3. 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).
4. A close questioning or examination, as of a political figure.

[French catechisme, from Old French, from Late Latin catēchismus, from Late Greek katēkhismos, from katēkhizein, to teach by word of mouth; see catechize.]

catechism

(ˈkætɪˌkɪzəm)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) instruction by a series of questions and answers, esp a book containing such instruction on the religious doctrine of a Christian Church
2. rigorous and persistent questioning, as in a test or interview
[C16: from Late Latin catēchismus, ultimately from Greek katēkhizein to catechize]
ˌcateˈchismal adj

cat•e•chism

(ˈkæt ɪˌkɪz əm)

n.
1. an elementary book containing a summary of the principles of a Christian religion, in the form of questions and answers.
2. catechetical instruction.
3. a series of formal questions used as a test or to elicit views.
[1495–1505; < Late Latin catēchismus <catēch(izāre) to catechize]
cat`e•chis′mal, adj.

catechism

, catechumen - Catechism comes from Latin catechismus, "instruction by word of mouth," and is literally a series of questions and answers; a catechumen is a young Christian preparing for confirmation.
See also related terms for instruction.

catechism

1. a manual of instruction in the principles of the Christian religion, usually in question and answer form.
2. catechetical instruction. — catechist, n. — catechetical, adj.
See also: Christianity
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catechism - a series of question put to an individual (such as a political candidate) to elicit their views
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
interrogatory, examination, interrogation - formal systematic questioning
2.catechism - an elementary book summarizing the principles of a Christian religion; written as questions and answers
book - a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together); "I am reading a good book on economics"

catechism

noun
A set of questions or exercises designed to determine knowledge or skill:
Translations
katechismuskatechizmus
katekismusoverhøring
kátékatekizmus
kennslubók , kverrækileg yfirheyrsla
katekizmassusijęs su katekizmo mokymu
katķismsvirkne jautājumu
katechizm
katechizmus
araştırıcı sorularilmihalsorulu-cevaplı din öğrenim kitabı

catechism

[ˈkætɪkɪzəm] N (= instruction) → catequesis f inv, catequismo m; (= book) → catecismo m

catechism

[ˈkætɪkɪzəm] ncatéchisme m

catechism

n (= instruction)Katechese f; (fig)Verhör nt; (= book)Katechismus m

catechism

[ˈkætɪˌkɪzm] ncatechismo

catechism

(ˈkӕtikizəm) noun
1. a book (especially religious) of instructions by means of question and answer.
2. a series of searching questions on any subject.
catechetical (-ketikl) adjective
catechetical class.
References in classic literature ?
Care must be had nevertheless, to put the child to due and stated examination in the catechism, at thy hands or Master Dimmesdale's.
He had a cent in his pocket for the Sunday School collection, and a five-cent piece for the church collection; he carried his Bible in one hand and his Sunday School quarterly in the other; he knew his lesson and his Golden Text and his catechism question perfectly.
Benjamin whether you think my new Catechism worthy of examination or not.
Name your favourite writer" should be one of the first questions in the Engagement Catechism.
As he spoke he pointed his staff at a female figure on the path, in whom Goodman Brown recognized a very pious and exemplary dame, who had taught him his catechism in youth, and was still his moral and spiritual adviser, jointly with the minister and Deacon Gookin.
And in what way a knowledge of addition and subtraction and the catechism is going to improve their material condition, I never could make out.
And I was a civil, pious boy, and could rattle off my catechism that fast, as you couldn't tell one word from another.
I was brought up in that catechism when I was very young, sir, as you are aware.
Kit was thankful for this indulgence, and sat reading the church catechism very attentively (though he had known it by heart from a little child), until he heard the key in the lock, and the man entered again.
As nearly as could be expressed, they could be comprised in very few words: to teach them to mind when they were spoken to; to teach them the catechism, sewing, and reading; and to whip them if they told lies.
The gatekeeper was surly, and put him through a catechism, but he insisted that he knew nothing, and as he had taken the precaution to seal his letter, there was nothing for the gatekeeper to do but send it to the person to whom it was addressed.
The Sunday evening was spent in repeating, by heart, the Church Catechism, and the fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters of St.