Definition of catechism
1 : oral instruction
3a : a set of formal questions put as a testb : something resembling a catechism especially in being a rote response or formulaic statement The cook often consulted the latest nutritional catechism for advice.
catechismalplay \ˌka-tə-ˈkiz-məl\ adjective
catechisticplay \-ˈkis-tik\ adjective
Examples of catechism in a Sentence
They went to school to learn their catechism.
He taught catechism at Sunday school.
Recent Examples of catechism from the Web
What: Amanda Hebert returns to the habit to portray Sister, an old-school nun leading an adult catechism class.
Lyon Gardiner Tyler, whose father was President John Tyler, is credited with writing the 1929 catechism promoted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Many of the people who gathered to wave Confederate battle flags in New Orleans as monuments were being removed likely haven’t heard of the catechisms.
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CATECHISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of catechism for English Language Learners
: a collection of questions and answers that are used to teach people about the Christian religion
: a book that explains the beliefs of the Christian religion by using a list of questions and answers
CATECHISM Defined for Kids
Definition of catechism for Students
1 : a series of questions and answers used in giving religious instruction
2 : a set of formal questions
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