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1. One who is being taught the principles of Christianity.
2. One who is being instructed in a subject at an elementary level.

[Middle English cathecumine, from Old French catechumene, from Latin catēchūmenus, from Greek katēkhoumenos, present passive participle of katēkhein, to instruct; see catechize.]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a person, esp in the early Church, undergoing instruction prior to baptism
[C15: via Old French, from Late Latin, from Greek katēkhoumenos one being instructed verbally, from katēkhein; see catechize]
ˌcateˈchumenal, catechumenical adj
ˌcateˈchumenate n
ˌcateˈchumenism n
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(ˌkæt ɪˈkyu mən)

1. a person under instruction in the rudiments of Christianity; neophyte.
2. a person being taught the rudiments of any subject.
[1325–75; Middle English cathecumyn < Middle French cathecumine < Late Latin catēchūmenus < Greek katēchoúmenos]
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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.
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Noun1.catechumen - a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist
educatee, pupil, student - a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
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Cyril of Jerusalem took place within the Church and aimed to bind the catechumen to the Church "the real ship that leads to salvation of the soul." Conducting existential ceremonies in the church, the sacred space, leads to their substantiation upon the ecclesiocentric principle.
A catechumen or faithful [person] if he wishes to become a soldier, let them [sic] be cast out because they despised God.
Three areas in particular stand out in this category: Martin's service in the army while still a catechumen, Martin's service under the hostile pagan emperor Julian, and Bishop Martin's dealings with the nominally Christian emperor Maximus.
Quite interesting is Lance Gabriel Lazar's study of catechumen houses, which were established in many Italian cities to facilitate the conversions of Jews and Muslims to Christianity by providing religious instruction and financial support (apprenticeships for males and dowries for females) before attempting to integrate them fully into the Christian community.
Catechumen is a computer game in the "first-person shooter" genre of Quake and Halo, but with a Christian flavor.
Catechumen houses offered both a shelter and a form of religious conditioning for these outcast groups.
The Ordo Baptismi begins with two questions to the catechumen. The second, "Fides, quid tibi praestat?," with its response, "Vitam aeternam," demonstrates the Christian confession in the salvific power of Baptism.
Also, at the time of Ambrose, Ambrose himself was appointed bishop when he was only a catechumen. This may have also occurred elsewhere at that time.
Sub-editing by the average ten-year-old catechumen could have saved Russell from the worst of his howlers.
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I gave him the manuscript of my first novel to read and awaited his verdict with the expectancy of a catechumen. And when I received his letter--generous, with approval and advice--I felt happy.
The mission log-books supply plentiful, if terse, examples of each: "Kilongola removed from catechumenate for entering galo [the initiation ceremony]";(70) "Katua of Mkuzi was today deprived of his cross and put back from being a catechumen to the position of a hearer.