Catechism Cat"e*chism (-k[i^]z'm), n. [L. catechismus, fr. Gr. See {Catechise}.] 1. A form of instruction by means of questions and answers. [1913 Webster]

2. A book containing a summary of principles, especially of religious doctrine, reduced to the form of questions and answers. [1913 Webster]

The Jews, even till this day, have their catechisms. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

{The Larger Catechism}, {The Shorter Catechism}. See {Westminster Assembly}, under {Assembly}. [1913 Webster]

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  • catechism — c.1500, instruction in Christian principles, also elementary question and answer book of religious instruction, from Church L. catechismus book of instruction, from Gk. katekhizein to teach orally (see CATECHIZE (Cf. catechize)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • catechism — ► NOUN ▪ a summary of the principles of Christian religion in the form of questions and answers, used for teaching …   English terms dictionary

  • catechism — [kat′ə kiz΄əm] n. [LL(Ec) catechismus < Gr katēchismos < katēchizein, to catechize < katēchein: see CATECHETICAL] 1. a handbook of questions and answers for teaching the principles of a religion 2. any similar handbook for teaching the… …   English World dictionary

  • Catechism — A catechism (pronEng|ˈkætəkɪzəm; gr. κατηχισμός) is a summary or exposition of doctrine, traditionally used in Christian religious teaching from New Testament times to the present. [ [… …   Wikipedia

  • catechism — catechismal, adj. /kat i kiz euhm/, n. 1. Eccles. a. an elementary book containing a summary of the principles of the Christian religion, esp. as maintained by a particular church, in the form of questions and answers. b. the contents of such a… …   Universalium

  • Catechism —    A short instruction set forth in the Prayer Book, to be learned by every person before he be brought to be confirmed by the Bishop. The word catechism is derived from a Greek word, and means literally an instruction by word of mouth of such a… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • catechism —    A catechism is a book or manual that summarizes the teachings of the Church for the purpose of catechesis andformation in the Christian faith. Some catechisms, such as the Baltimore Catechism, which was first published in 1891, use the format… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • catechism — n. (rel.) to recite the catechism * * * [ kætɪˌkɪz(ə)m] (rel.) to recite the catechism …   Combinatory dictionary

  • catechism — noun Date: 1502 1. oral instruction 2. a manual for catechizing; 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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