Christendom

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English cristendōm, corresponding to Christian +‎ -dom.

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Christendom (countable and uncountable, plural Christendoms)

  1. The Christian world. [from 14thc.]
    • Milton
      The Arian doctrine which then divided Christendom.
    • Coleridge
      A wide and still widening Christendom.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin, 2010, p.503:
      Wessex was facing new barbarians, apparently intent on destroying everything that Christendom meant for England.
  2. (obsolete) The state of being a Christian. [9th-17thc.]
  3. (obsolete) The name received at baptism; any name or appellation.
    • Shakespeare
      Pretty, fond, adoptious Christendoms.

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