cat·​e·​che·​sis | \ ˌka-tə-ˈkē-səs How to pronounce catechesis (audio) \
plural catecheses\ ˌka-​tə-​ˈkē-​ˌsēz How to pronounce catechesis (audio) \

Definition of catechesis

: oral instruction of catechumens

Other Words from catechesis

catechetical \ ˌka-​tə-​ˈke-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce catechesis (audio) \ adjective

Examples of catechesis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This year, Francis has sought to give shape to that thinking with a catechesis series, or religious instruction, on aging. New York Times, 28 July 2022 This year, Francis has sought to give shape to that thinking with a catechesis series, or religious instruction, on aging. Jason Horowitz,, 28 July 2022 In between, readers will witness the making and breaking of friendships, along with jokes and teasing that go wrong, and receive a great deal of norm-establishing political catechesis. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2021 Mary Grace Walsh, director of the office of education, evangelization and catechesis. Jordan Otero Sisson, Courant Community, 26 Dec. 2017 Advocates of traditional Catholic liturgy these days stress catechesis, the education and formation of the faithful. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of catechesis

1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catechesis

Late Latin, from Greek katēchēsis, from katēchein to teach

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“Catechesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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