Christianity

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From Middle English cristente, from Old French crestiente, from Medieval Latin stem of Christiānitās, from Latin christianus, Christianus, from Ancient Greek Χριστιανός (Christianos), from Χριστός (Christos, Christ, anointed one) + Latin -anus (suffix for of, related to) + one more suffix borrowed from Latin "ity" makes the final Christian +‎ -ity. The term was respelled in the early modern English period to more closely reflect its Latin etymon.

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Christianity (usually uncountable, plural Christianities)

  1. An Abrahamic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and various scholars who wrote the Christian Bible.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 4, A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      By some paradoxical evolution rancour and intolerance have been established in the vanguard of primitive Christianity. Mrs. Spoker, in common with many of the stricter disciples of righteousness, was as inclement in demeanour as she was cadaverous in aspect.
    • 2002, The Atlas of Great Jewish Communities: A Voyage Through History, page 27:
      As a result, Christianity developed as a separate religion from Judaism.

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