Christendom Chris"ten*dom, n. [AS. cristend[=o]m; cristen a Christian + -dom.] 1. The profession of faith in Christ by baptism; hence, the Christian religion, or the adoption of it. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. The name received at baptism; or, more generally, any name or appelation. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Pretty, fond, adoptious christendoms. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. That portion of the world in which Christianity prevails, or which is governed under Christian institutions, in distinction from heathen or Mohammedan lands. [1913 Webster]

The Arian doctrine which then divided Christendom. --Milton [1913 Webster]

A wide and still widening Christendom. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

4. The whole body of Christians. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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