catechism

noun cat·e·chism \ ˈka-tə-ˌki-zəm \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of catechism

1 : oral instruction
2 : a manual for catechizing (see catechize 1); specifically : a summary of religious doctrine often in the form of questions and answers
3 a : a set of formal questions put as a test
b : something resembling a catechism especially in being a rote response or formulaic statement
  • The cook often consulted the latest nutritional catechism for advice.

catechismal

play \ˌka-tə-ˈkiz-məl\ adjective

catechistic

play \-ˈkis-tik\ adjective

Examples of catechism in a Sentence

  1. They went to school to learn their catechism.

  2. He taught catechism at Sunday school.

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Origin and Etymology of catechism


CATECHISM Defined for English Language Learners

catechism

noun

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

catechism

noun cat·e·chism \ ˈka-tə-ˌki-zəm \

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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