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A person who catechizes, especially one who instructs catechumens in preparation for admission into a Christian church.

[French catechiste, from Old French, from Late Latin catēchista, from Late Greek katēkhistēs, from katēkhizein, to teach by word of mouth; see catechize.]

cat′e·chis′tic, cat′e·chis′ti·cal adj.


(ˈkæt ɪ kɪst)

1. a person who catechizes.
2. a person appointed to instruct catechumens.
[1555–65; < Late Latin < Greek]
cat`e•chis′tic, cat`e•chis′ti•cal, adj.
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Noun1.catechist - one who instructs catechumens in preparation for baptism (especially one using a catechism)
instructor, teacher - a person whose occupation is teaching


[ˈkætɪkɪst] Ncatequista mf
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