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See also: christendom
From Middle English cristendom, cristendome, from Old English crīstendōm, equivalent to Christen + -dom.
Christendom (countable and uncountable, plural Christendoms)
- The Christian world; Christ's Church on Earth. [from 14th c.]
- 1670, John Milton, “(please specify the page)”, in The History of Britain, that Part Especially now Call’d England. […], London: […] J[ohn] M[acock] for James Allestry, […] , →OCLC:
- The Arian doctrine which then divided Christendom.
- 1825, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Aphorisms on that which is indeed spiritual religion”, in Aids to Reflection, page 184:
- The result is contained in the fact of 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.
- (now rare) The state of being a (devout) Christian; Christian belief or faith. [from 9th c.]
- c. 1596, William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene i], page 11, column 2:
- By my Chriſtendome, So I were out of priſon, and kept Sheepe, I ſhould be as merry as the day is long.
- 1643, Jeremy Taylor, Of the Sacred Order and Offices of Epiſcopacy […] , R. Royſton, page 101:
- […] and yet cannot be denied that ſo it ought to be, by any man that would not have his Chriſtendome ſuſpected.
- 2015 March 12 , Kenneth Pickthorn, Early Tudor Government, volume 2, Cambridge University Press, page 137:
- Especially about law and its obligatory force was Cromwell's head clear, making clearer distinctions than Wolsey with his conscience or More with his Christendom.
- (obsolete) The name received at baptism; any name or appellation.
- 1592, Thomas Nash[e], Pierce Penilesse His Supplication to the Deuill. […], London: […] [John Charlewood for] Richard Ihones, […], →OCLC; republished as J[ohn] Payne Collier, editor, Pierce Penniless’s Supplication to the Devil. […], London: […] [Frederic Shoberl, Jun.] for the Shakespeare Society, 1842, →OCLC, page 233:
- […] but for an Author to renounce his Chriſtendome to write in his owne commendation, to refuſe the name which his Godfathers and Godmothers gaue him in his baptiſme , and call himſelfe a wellwiller to both the writers […]
- c. 1604–1605 (date written), William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i], page 231, column 2:
- His faith, his ſweet diſaſter: with a world
Of pretty fond adoptious chriſtendomes
That blinking Cupid goſſips.
the Christian world
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