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catechumen

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noun cat·e·chu·men \ˌka-tə-ˈkyü-mən\

Definition of catechumen

  1. 1 :  a convert to Christianity receiving training in doctrine and discipline before baptism

  2. 2 :  one receiving instruction in the basic doctrines of Christianity before admission to communicant membership in a church



Origin of catechumen

Middle English cathecumyn, from Late Latin catechumenus, from Greek katēchoumenos, present passive participle of katēchein


First Known Use: 15th century

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